You like many people, might not realise that there is no such thing as a common
law spouse. The laws around inheritance can seem outdated in many areas and
don’t recognise modern family structures and living arrangements.
If you’re in a long-term relationship, but not married or in a civil
partnership, making a will is particularly important. If you don’t write a will
your partner could end up inheriting nothing when you die. Instead your estate
would be distributed according to the rules of in
If you get remarried any will you have made previously is revoked by the
marriage. This will mean you no longer have a will and if you were to die your
estate would be distributed according to the rules of intestacy. Find out more
in our ‘Rules of intestacy’ article.
However, the will won’t be revoked if it states you are about to marry a
particular person and you don’t want the the will to be revoked when that
happens. If you want to make a will before your remarriage and want it to
If you’ve already got a will and you’re planning to get divorced, now could be a
good time to review it and if needed write a new one.
Will your will still be valid?
When you get divorced your will is still valid. However, any provisions you’d
made in your will to leave your estate to your spouse or for them to be an
executor will be ineffective from the day your marriage ends, unless the will
says otherwise. It’s also worth bearing in mind that until your divorce is
finalised, your spouse will
Yes, your will should still be valid. However, if your ex-spouse or civil
partner was appointed as an executor of the will or if they were to inherit
property from you, they will be treated as though they had died on the day your
marriage or civil partnership ended. The practical consequence is that they
cannot act as executor and they do not inherit.
Although your will is still valid, getting divorced could be a the perfect time
to review it, especially if you had previously planned to leave
Unfortunately it does happen. Quite often you make your will years in advance of
actually needing it and a lot can change during that time. So, if someone dies
who you’ve named as a beneficiary in your will, what will happen?
You have three options:
1. Change your will – if someone dies you could amend your will or write a new
one to reflect that change. We recommend you review your will on a regular
basis anyway to see if any changes need to be made.
2. With an Affio will you can sp
You may already know that the month of October is Free Will Writing Month. This
is a great opportunity for those that haven't already prepared this vital
document to do so without charge.
For the entire month of October those aged 55 and over can write a will and
leave their estate, assets, and valuables to their loved ones. Appoint an
executor, name beneficiaries and make sure your legacy goes to the right people.
There are several places where you can write your will for free during the mont Read More »
When creating a will to document the division of an estate or assets, the
tendency can be to look for a will writing service that is located close by.
Historically the large majority of people have visited their town center or
high street and prepared their will with a local solicitor.
In fact, the term ‘will writing services near me’ scores very high for the
number of searches in Google’s engine.
This demonstrates that for those looking to write their will there is a common
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You have until June 4th to write your Will
register it for free with The National Will Register
[https://www.nationalwillregister.co.uk/aboutwillregistration.aspx] using code
The National Will Register is a trusted partner of the Law Society of England
and Wales. The register is used by individuals, families, organizations,
government agencies and law firms to register their will. There are over 8
mi Read More »
There is a lot of talk around the importance of writing a will to ensure that
your money, property, and other assets are bequeathed to the family members or
children that you wish to nominate as beneficiaries of your estate.
However, did you know that there are certain types of financial assets and
property that you should not or cannot include in your will?
These types of assets are usually jointly owned or contain some sort of
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If you have recently been considering making a will then you may have stumbled
across one of the many online will writing services.
While this may look like a fast, efficient way to prepare your last will and
testament, it may have left you with some unanswered questions.
Here we will take a look at the positives and negatives of using an online
service for your will preparation.
Preparing a will online saves a trip to the solicitors office and means that you
can write your Read More »