Wills and estate planning

Making a Will that's right for you

Will signing during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Do I need a witness when I sign my Will?

Under the Wills Act 1837 in order for a Will to be valid, amongst other requirements, it must be:

  • Signed by the person making the Will (or signed by a person in their presence and by their direction)
  • The signature must be made in the presence of two witnesses
  • Each witness must also sign the Will in the presence of the person making the Will

How do you correctly sign your Will if you are self-isolating?

Can charity legacy officers challenge the costs of other professionals acting as Personal Representatives?

This article considers whether charity legacy officers can challenge charges incurred by personal representatives, who are not solicitors but are acting in a professional capacity and where the Will allows for payment to be received for their time and services. Again, if you are a charity beneficiary who has concerns about the level of charges being levied, there is a means of challenging those charges.

Can charity legacy officers challenge solicitor executors’ costs?

Legacies left to UK charities under a Will are an important source of income for charities. However the costs incurred in administering the estate can often seem excessive and charity beneficiaries (particularly residuary ones) who have concerns about the costs being charged by the solicitor acting as executor or on behalf of the executors of a Will, often can be left feeling like they have no control.

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