After a five-year legal battle, a jury in Michigan has now ruled that a home-made 2014 Will prepared by the soul singer Aretha Franklin, found down the side of her sofa, is the valid Will to her £4.6 million pound estate.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are extremely useful and important documents, but many do not even know what they are, let alone why they need them. We at Samuel Phillips are here to change that and are offering reduced prices throughout April 2022 as part of our LPApril scheme!
Update your Will Week is almost over, but it’s not too late to arrange your appointment with our Felicity Nelson today, who is an Associate Member of SFE, by calling 0191 232 8451 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
We are halfway through Update your Will Week! Don’t forget to contact our Felicity Nelson today, who is an Associate Member of SFE, by calling 0191 232 8451 or emailing email@example.com to get started.
It’s Update your Will Week this week! With new research from @SFELawyers revealing 47% of people haven’t updated their will in more than five years, this means nearly half of wills in the UK are likely to be out of date!
A well drafted Will should be enduring and cover a lot of ‘what ifs’. For example, it should include replacement executors and beneficiaries. However, we can never predict the future and it is therefore extremely important that you review your Will every few years and after any major life changes.
Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney in October 2007. If you made an EPA before 2007, this can still be used, however, if the donor (that is the person who made the EPA) has lost or is losing capacity, you will need to register the EPA with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) before it can be used. An unregistered EPA can be used whilst the donor still has capacity.
Although Brexit has very little direct impact on the law relating to Wills, Probate and Trusts, we are very aware that it will have a considerable impact for many of our clients who may need to revisit their lifetime planning as a result.
The EU Succession Regulation deals with the ability to choose the country whose law will apply to your estate when you die. This is important as if there is a difference in the law between the country where you made your Will and the country where the asset is it can lead to the wishes in your Will not being able to take effect.