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Illott v Mitson Court Ruling – Upholding Testators Wishes

The widely reported Illott v Mitson case this week reached a final conclusion at the Supreme Court after a 10 year battle between three animal charities and a daughter excluded from her mothers £500,000 will. Heather Illott’s mother Milita Jackson left most of her estate to charities but nothing to …



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We Live Together but We’re Not Married – What Do We Need To Know?

The 2014 ONS Government Survey calculated that whilst there are 22.5 million people living as a couple and married, there are a further 5.5 million people co-habitating but not married. More and more couples are choosing to live together and the laws for unmarried, cohabiting partners are not the same …



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BTWC & Makemeawill Christmas Office Hours

Merry Christmas from the BTWC and Makemeawill Team! Take a look at our Christmas office hours and contact details during the festive period.



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Is a Mirror Will the Right Solution for You?

Todays Wills and Probate has this week reported on the challenges that may arise for couples that opt to make a mirror will. The intent behind this approach is to leave their estate in its entirety to their surviving spouse and for it to eventually pass to their chosen beneficiaries who …



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PRESS RELEASE: Raising Professional Standards in Estate Planning

We are delighted to announce that Beneficial Trust & Will Co Ltd are now fully accredited members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) in recognition of our firm operating to the highest professional standards. The IPW was founded in 1991 as a self-regulatory body to safeguard the public from …



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9 Reasons Why Not to Make a Will or Plan Your Own Funeral

Whilst making a Will is a fundamental part of planning for our futures, sometimes taking a humorous view supports clients to understand the consequences of not taking any action. One of our fantastic consultants came up with the below to help raise a smile about the reasons people give to …



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Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World Post BREXIT?

As the impact of the recent EU referendum is analyzed and assessed, we are all observing wild speculation competing with conservative optimism. Whilst there is certainly some further disentangling to emerge, it would appear that in relation to inheritance and personal taxation matters, BREXIT is unlikely to have a major …



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Muhammad Ali’s Legacy May Be Subject to a Bitter Challenge

Muhammad Ali leaves behind a personal legacy that includes four marriages, nine acknowledged children, skirmishes with bankruptcy and the complications of 30 years of declining health. He also leaves an opportunity for his beneficiaries to wrestle over millions His fourth wife, Lonnie Ali, is a childhood friend he married in …



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Planning for Life & Death – Making A Will

The Citizens Advice Bureau has recently reported that the number of enquiries about people who have died without making a will has more than doubled over the last 5 years. According to a YouGov survey nearly two thirds of the British adult population do not have a will. Queries regarding …



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Lasting Power of Attorney? I’ll Organise it When I Need To

Our legal team have been considering the experiences of many clients who request support to obtain Deputyship over their loved ones property and financial affairs. Often they say that they wished they had acted sooner, and made the appropriate arrangements prior to the loss of mental capacity and put a …



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