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March 4, 2020
Is a simple Will enough?

Let's start with the basics! A Will is a legal document in which you (the testator) provide instructions for the people you choose to administer your estate when you've gone. These people are called your executors. Are there different types of Wills? With ever more complicated family scenarios and family structures, it is often the […]

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March 2, 2020
What is Estate Planning?

What is the objective of Estate Planning? Estate Planning is the term given to the process in which we can protect, preserve and pass on our wealth. When we refer to 'wealth' we are often talking about relatively modest sums, but it's money and assets we've worked hard to build during our lifetime. It's often […]

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February 19, 2020
Invalid Wills – What makes a Will invalid?

What can affect the validity of Will? Is my Will Valid?   In this short article, we’re going to explain some of the things that can invalidate your Will and some of the practical considerations you ought to be making when writing your Will.   Use a professional Firstly, it’s not mandatory to use a […]

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February 17, 2020
What is Inheritance Tax? (IHT)

In this world, nothing can be said to be as certain, than death and taxes – so said former President of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin. It would be hard to argue against this statement but there are steps you can take to limit the effect of the latter – if not the […]

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February 11, 2020
The Intestacy Trap

What is Intestacy? Having a Will when you did means that you are in control of who receives your property. In the absence of you making these decisions, the law makes these decisions for you. In effect, the state decides who gets what!  But the state has no knowledge of our individual circumstances, it has […]

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February 7, 2020
Lasting Power of Attorney – What’s the point?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? Most people understand the importance of ensuring that a Will is in place to secure the safe passage of property to loved ones when they die. Appointing trusted people, called Executors, to manage this will be made and a degree of peace of mind will be gained. However, […]

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February 5, 2020
Are all Wills the same?

Confused about Wills? Different Wills can achieve different things for their owner. The person whose Will it is, is called the Testator (male) or the Testatrix (female) and the content of the Will is determined by the Testators wishes. However, certain legal restraints and conditions state that the Will should, for example, in normal circumstances, […]

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February 1, 2020
What does the term estate planning mean and what is there to consider?

Estate Planning The expression estate planning refers to the planning that a person puts in place to help protect, preserve and pass on wealth as well as the plans made to ensure that other people can manage decision making at a time when the person cannot make those decisions themselves. It is wrong to assert […]

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January 28, 2020
Charitable legacies – the hidden gem

Many charities are financially dependent upon people leaving gifts to them in Wills. Just 6% of people left a charitable legacy in their Will last year, yet this totalled £2.8 billion, over a quarter of total charitable gifting. Imagine the impact if more people gave even a relatively modest amount of their estate to charity. […]

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January 23, 2020
Back to Basics – What is a Will? Some important questions answered!

Most people understand the importance of having an up to date and valid Will. The days of putting it off for the reasons of not wanting to tempt fate are far behind us. There are a host of benefits derived from writing a Will and in this short article, we’ll talk about what the document […]

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August 5, 2019
What is a Trust?

A trust is a way of managing assets. They can be created during someone’s lifetime or on their death. Trusts can be used for a multitude of reasons but can have the effect of removing assets from your estate for inheritance tax purposes, making financial provision for someone, ensuring the property is passed onto someone […]

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June 17, 2019
Common Executor Pitfalls

Some need-to-know info about being an Executor Many people do not realise the complexities involved in acting as an executor, nor the time it can take and all at a time when they are probably least likely to be able to cope, having just lost a loved one.   Did you know that acting as […]

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June 12, 2019
Delays in obtaining Grants of Probates

We want to keep you updated. Several delays have been experienced with probate registries in England & Wales, resulting in many estates being left in limbo pending issue of a Grant. Obtaining a Grant of Probate and administration of estates can sometimes be a lengthy and complicated process. Applications are usually processed in 10 working […]

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June 6, 2019
Why choose Fortis Law to help you with your Estate Planning?

Here at Fortis Law, we put our clients first. We are committed to providing tailored estate planning specific to our clients’ needs and all of our team work to 5 core principles.   Estate Planning in a nutshell Estate planning is all about preserving, protecting and passing on your wealth down generations or to loved […]

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May 30, 2019
Brand New Law Firm expands team with a raft of high profile appointments

Who Is Fortis Law? Fortis Law, a brand-new Law Firm, is looking to innovate the legal profession with its forward-thinking, modern, no-nonsense approach to legal services. Underpinned by its five core values, which embody the culture and spirit of the company and its commitment to its customers it is seeking to challenge the status quo […]

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May 30, 2019
Death and Taxes – life’s two certainties

Do you feel like you’re always being taxed? We pay a huge amount of tax during our lifetime. In fact, according to research conducted in 2016, the average family with a combined income of around £41,000 per annum pays over £826,000 (i) in direct and indirect taxes over the course of their lives. Income tax; […]

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April 4, 2019
Where Should I Store My Will?

Our advice for storing will documents, to make sure everything is easy to access when it's needed.

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April 3, 2019
Choosing Us To Write Your Will – What Is Involved?

A guide to how we operate, and what you can expect from us.

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April 2, 2019
What Is Estate Administration?

The process of winding up your estate, explained.

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April 1, 2019
Why Choose A Professional Trustee?

How to ensure your wishes are carried out and that your assets go where you want them to.

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