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Unregistered Land

By | Land Registry, Property | 2 Comments

Whilst it is becoming less and less common these days, from time to time you will come across clients whose land is unregistered at the Land Registry. This will usually come to light if we are searching for a land registry title to see if a property is held as joint tenants or tenants in common. The fact that a property is unregistered is not a cause for alarm with a severance. In such a case, WillPack will provide just two copies of the notice of severance. These should be signed by the owners and one copy with their Wills and a further with the title deeds. Their intention to sever to tenants in common, evidenced by the signed notice, will be legally binding. It is however highly advisable that owners register their property with the Land Registry during their lifetimes for a number of reasons. A disposition of an…

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Time Delays

By | Drafting, Taking instructions | No Comments

The issue of time is a problem which nearly all Will Writers will face, most commonly due to the age or health of the testator. The case of White v Jones [1995] highlights this issue. A Solicitor took instructions and was found to be negligent because more than 40 days had passed, from the taking of the instructions and the client then dying before the Will was produced. When instructions are taken and submitted to us, any health and age issues must be clearly highlighted to us so we can ensure that there are no time delays in producing the documents. With issues such as these, we would hasten the drafts as best we can. We also combat these issues with a draft term of 10 working days for all cases that have not been expressed, with even shorter draft terms for the expressed cases to ensure the service requested…

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Second Death Gifts

By | Gifting, Inheritance, Wills | No Comments

Many couples making Wills wish to leave bequests of particular items, sums of money, or a share of their estate, but only when both testators have passed away. So how can we ensure this happens? The way to ensure that a gift is only made on second death is to place the gift(s) in both Wills, and ensure there is a condition that states the gift should only be made should the partner/spouse has predeceased the testator. For example, ‘If my wife Susan Smith has predeceased me, I give…’. When making a second death gift, the testator is giving this gift to their partner/spouse on their death as part of the Residue of their estate, therefore on the death of the survivor, the gift is made payable from the survivor’s estate. If the clients have requested a second death gift in their Will, but it has only been placed in…

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Hotchpot

By | Inheritance, Property, Wills | No Comments

For parents who have more than one child, it may be necessary during their lifetime to make monetary advances to help a particular child or children but not all at that time. For example; the purchase of a house or to help clear a debt problem. The advancement can be either be made as a gift or a loan. Upon the death of the parents, in most cases they would wish for all of the children to have benefitted the same so that there is no unfairness felt between the children. The above can be achieved simply by the inclusion of a ‘Hotchpot’ clause within the Will. Whether the advancement was made either as a gift or a loan is irrelevant because the clause will work in the same way. The Hotchpot clause relies on the testator keeping a record outside of the Will of any gifts made and in…

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