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DIY Wills are a cause for concern

Using a stationery form to write your Will may seem like an inexpensive option. Our team regularly review handwritten Wills that contain minor (and major) errors that mean they are not valid or – worse still – don’t have the effect that the Will maker intended. Literally not worth the paper they’re written on.

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CryptoCurrency

Millions of pounds worth of cryptocurrency have been lost forever because owners have died without leaving a contingency plan. According to a 2020 study by the Cremation Institute, nearly 90 percent of all cryptocurrency owners are worried about what will happen to their crypto when they die but fail to make provision so it is not lost forever.

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Food for Thought

Interesting blogs from the estate planning industry – A collation of blogs and articles we believe our clients would be most interested in, all in one place, for easy access. Topics include modern ways to scatter ashes, tax issues, legal updates and more…

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The Thief of Time

Are you one of the 40% of parents who have peace of mind? Or have you and your partner been thinking of making Wills for a long while and failed every attempt to do so? Perhaps you’ve considered writing your own using a stationery form rather than seeking legal advice from a solicitor? Are the…

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Making a Will during Covid-19

Making a Will during Covid-19 Social distancing measures introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have changed the way legal professionals are managing an increased demand for their Will writing services. Creative ways of working are now more common with changes to the way that a Last Will and Testament is validly executed (signed and…

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2020 Vision

My clients often tell me that making a Will is something that has been on their “to do list” for quite some time. It may span more than one or two lists of New Year’s Resolutions! After months of procrastinating, I recently updated my own Will to include an asset protection trust. It took a…

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What is STEP?

What does STEP membership mean for Carisma Wills’ clients? STEP member profile The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, known as STEP, is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. STEP works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high…

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Time well spent

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited £86,400 each morning. The account carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every pound each day!…

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Looking a gift horse in the mouth

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth is one of those strange expressions that my grandparents used when I was young… probably when my facial expression failed to cover my real thoughts on receiving a ‘practical’ birthday present. Showing gratitude for a gift, however you really feel, is a skill we all learn.  But…

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Hello 2019

Happy new year to all our existing clients! Thank you for choosing Carisma Wills for your estate planning. If you have decided that 2019 is the year you must cross off MAKE A WILL from your to-do list, we would love to help you through the process. Check out our 4 reasons to make a…

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Wills and Divorce or Separation

Wills and Divorce or Separation Divorce and separation can be very stressful and upsetting. If your relationship with your spouse breaks down, you, your home, your assets and your family circumstances are all affected. The wishes you set out in an existing Will may no longer be appropriate and you may want to reconsider the…

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