New Baby? Three Reasons why Now is the time to write or update your Will.


New Baby? 3 Reasons why Now is the time to write or update your Will. It’s a boy! Congratulations to The Duke  and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their third child, today. The…

As of today, leave another £25,000 to your descendants TAX FREE!


From today you can leave another £25,000 to your descendants TAX FREE!   As of today, 6th April 18, the start of the new tax year, the residence nil rate band (RNRB) threshold increases by…

Inheritance disputes and how to avoid them


Inheritance disputes and how to avoid them   Record numbers of families are now going to courts to fight for inheritance they believe is rightly theirs – back in 2013 97 disputes were heard at…

5 Things that can happen if you don’t make a Will


If you don’t make a Will and then die, it means that you die ‘intestate’, this means that your estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy and any of the following could…

Conducting a Life Audit - How has your life changed in 5 years?


Our lives are constantly changing, whether we realise it or not sometimes. In relation to Will writing it is important to ensure that your Will is kept up-to-date with these changes and therefore your wishes…

Why today’s modern families need professional Will writing advice


We all know it’s important to have a Will, as this is something that is often highlighted to us, but what isn’t often mentioned is the importance of making sure that Will is properly written…

When is a Will invalid?


An invalid Will could potentially cause chaos for your loved ones at a time when they really don’t need the additional upset, not only that, it could also mean that any wishes you had upon…

How do Estate Planners work with your Financial Advisor?


When it comes to protecting your wealth, your financial advisor and estate planner will work hand in hand to ensure that you can pass down your estate to your heirs in the most efficient way.…

Just Wills and Legal Services announce acquisition of Bradley and Burrells Ltd


Just Wills and Legal Services Ltd (JWALS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bradley and Burrells Ltd and its sister business Willcare UK Ltd, on 17th August 2017. This now brings us to 3…

Executor Nightmares


At first, being asked (trusted) by someone you know to be an executor on their Will can be, in a sense, flattering. It’s a gesture to show the sign of esteem that they hold you…

What is a Home Probate Service?


Are you responsible for distributing an estate of someone who has passed away? Here we've listed what you need to do and your responsibilities. Formally, the term “probate” is the financial and legal process used…

What is Jeremy Corbyn’s Plan for Inheritance Tax?


With the UK General Election looming we take a look at Jeremy Corbyn's  planned changes to the seemingly ever-changing Inheritance Tax.   Currently, married couples or civil partners can pass on an estate of value…
Get ready for the new IHT threshold rules

Inheritance Tax Planning in 2017


The new IHT threshold rules - The long promised changes to the Inheritance Tax threshold in the UK are now beginning to take effect. With such a long lead in, and the level of complexity…
Heather Ilott decision appealed at Supreme Court

Why (and how) did animal charities successfully fight this Will Challenge?


A bitter win for the right to leave your legacy where you wish It’s hard to think of triumph when you look at the case of Heather Ilott, the woman cut out of her mother’s…
Company Lasting Power of Attorney

Guide to Lasting Power of Attorney for Business Owners


What Founders, Company Directors and Stakeholders need to know now Don’t assume that because you and your business partners have ‘an understanding’ of what would happen if one of you was incapacitated, that that understanding…
Does your investment plan include an Estate Plan

Does your Investment Plan include an Estate Plan?


How to plan for your family’s security in any circumstance When you’ve worked a lifetime to create wealth for you and your loved ones, it’s galling to think that much of that work could be…
Just Wills and Legal Services Consultant Prospectus

Just Wills and Legal Services is Recruiting!


We’re looking for Experienced Will Writers to join our network of consultants across the UK When you work with Just Wills and Legal Services, you retain your independence, while still benefitting from being part of…
Lifetime Gifts at Christmas

Christmas Gifting


Spread a little happiness this Christmas with Lifetime Gifts While most Christmas presents will be forgotten almost as soon as the wrapping hits the floor, there is a festive gift that will make a real…
Estate planning for business owners

What happens if your Business Partner dies?


Essential Estate Planning for Company Owners In the early days of growing your business – or even the middle days – succession planning might be way down your list of priorities. But if your co-founder…
what is a prepaid funeral plan

How a prepaid funeral plan will save you money… and heartache


Leave a legacy of love and care with a funeral services plan The recent news that Boy George has stepped in to cover old friend Pete Burns’ funeral costs has highlighted a problem that many…
Can you Change a Will After Death?

Can a Will be changed after death?


Yes – but why? And how? Sometimes families can be surprised by the contents of a loved one’s Will – and the surprise is not always a pleasant one. If you felt another family member…
Common Law Spouses - do you have any rights?

Common Law Marriage and Bereavement – Three True Stories


Common Law Spouses – do you have any rights? Many believe that if they live together long enough, they become married in ‘common law’. This is not the case. So what happens if you are…

What Grandparents Need to Know Now


Read our new free guide to planning for your family’s future We all want to do the best for our family. And when you have grandchildren to think about, matters can become more complicated –…
Wills and Legal Planning for New Parents

Wills – what new parents need to know now


Don’t assume your children are automatically provided for Welcoming your first child into the world is a wonderful event. And although we all wish for a long and happy life, having a child can make…
Advice for grandparents on divorce in the family

When your adult child divorces


How to take practical steps to protect your child and grandchildren When your adult child tells you they are getting divorced, it can be a very difficult time. You have to come to terms with…
Working With Us - Just Wills and Legal Services

Just Wills and Legal Services are hiring!


We need an Operations/Finance Manager, for our East Grinstead HQ Just Wills and Legal Services is a growing company with a network of Introducers and consultants across the UK. Due to our recent acquisitions and…
Gifting and Trusts: what Grandparents need to know

Gifting and Trusts


What Grandparents need to know So you’ve welcomed a new grandchild (or grandchildren!) into the world. Seeing their parents juggling all the responsibilities and costs of caring for young children that you remember so well,…
Planning for your family's future

Birth of a Grandchild


Whether it’s your first, or your twenty-first (!), the birth of a grandchild is a wonderful event. And as with any major change to your family circumstances, it’s a good time to review your Will…
Leave Money to Charity in Your Will

Leaving a Legacy to Charity


Live like a billionaire: leave a gift to charity in your Will Over the next 30 years, over $30Trillion of wealth will pass via inheritance from the ‘Boomer’ generation to the next in the USA…
How will Brexit affect your Will?

Property or Business Abroad: how will Brexit affect your Will?


Make sure your cross-border estate plan is up to date and legally compliant Estate Planning when you have overseas property, investments or business interests brings an added layer of complication. Many are unaware of recent…
5 steps to a Watertight Will

Five Steps to a Watertight Will


Protect your estate against Will Challenges There may be many reasons to exclude someone from your Will: a family estrangement; recognition that one of your children is financially successful while another may need more help;…
Affinity Legal acquisition announcement

Just Wills and Legal Services announce acquisition of Affinity Wills Legal Group


Just Wills and Legal Services Ltd (JWALS) is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Affinity Wills Group, based in Chelmsford, Essex, which completed on the 18th May 2016. This latest addition to the JWALS…
What happens to your pets when you die

What Happens to your Pets When You Die?


When making your will, you can provide for your pets too The British are known for being a nation of pet lovers – but few of us consider who will take care of them and…

Did "the artist formerly known as Prince" really die without leaving a Will?


This is the claim made by his sister Tyka Nelson as she filed documents on Tuesday 26th April with a Minnesota probate court. The documents state that she, Tyka Nelson does not know of the…
Avoid High Probate Fees

How to Avoid High Probate Costs


And the difference between fixed-fee, and fees fixed today Many of us have heard of Probate – the document that legally enables the Executors of your will to access bank accounts, investments and other assets…
Inheritance Tax planning like a Cameron

Inheritance Tax planning like a Cameron


Why it’s legal; how it works Ever since Cameron set out his stall against the Brexit, revelations about his spending and finances – both professionally and personally – have been coming out thick and fast.…
Separated but not Divorced - Just Wills and Legal Services

Separated but not Divorced


How long term separation without divorce can affect your estate. The recent court case of Joy Williams, who won the battle to inherit her partners’ share in their house (over her partners’ ex-wife, from whom…
What are the inheritance rights of Donor Children?

What are the Rights of Donor Children when it comes to Inheritance?


If you have donated eggs or sperm, can a Donor child make a claim on your estate? What are the inheritance rights of Donor Children?As the first generation of Donor-conceived children who will be allowed…
Kids of the 90s remember

Kids of the 90s, remember - you're the grown ups now!


Why if you remember the Spice Girls, it’s probably time to make your Will Ahh, the 1990s. It may seem like five minutes ago, but if you’re old enough to finish a sentence that begins…
Recently separated - what to do next to change your will

Recently separated? What to do next to change your Will


How to protect yourself and your loved ones post-separation There are so many things to think about if you’ve recently separated or filed for divorce. With new arrangements to be made for your house, savings…

True Story: “How my Step-Mother cut me out of my Father’s inheritance”


What if your father fully intended to provide for you, had even made his wishes clear in a legally witnessed will, and died believing he had done his best for you – and then that…

Why nobody loves a Will Writer


Being a Will Writer is a great profession. Every day is different. You meet all sorts of people from all walks of life and you get to help them put plans in place that will…

I’ve been asked to be an Executor – what should I know?


A quick look at Executor responsibilities and how to be an Executor of a Will So a close friend or relative has asked you if you would be named as Executor of their Estate. What…

An unusual Christmas gift: donating your brain to science


We’ve all heard of donating your body to science, but why do some people choose to donate only their brain? Many of us may have a close family member who suffers or has suffered from…
kids of the 80s

Kids of the 80s – it's time to make your will


Ah the 80s, simpler times... ...when you and eight of your cousins could all squeeze into the back of your uncle’s battered estate, arguing over who got to ride in the boot. Laughing at kids…

Why Planning Your Funeral is a Happy Event


Unless we’re lost at sea or swept up in a tornado, our own funeral is the one lifetime event we can be almost certain to attend (even if we don’t get to appreciate it). Yet…
Reunion after adoption

Reunion After Adoption: a client case study


New Son, New Grandkids – and making a new Will Although our work here at Just Wills and Legal Services involves great knowledge of the legalities and technicalities of estate planning, it is our individual…
5 Reasons you should put your child's inheritance in trust

5 reasons you should put your child’s inheritance in trust


When a will is not enough to protect your family There’s a very natural desire to want to treat all our children the same. Differences made in wills, even for the best of intentions, can…
sideways disinheritance

A Lack of Trust: Client Case Study


How a loving mother left her daughter penniless and homeless, by accident. Here at Just Wills and Legal Services, we often hear from clients who wish that their loved ones had come to us when…

Care Fees Cap Delay: What does it mean for your future?


With the rising cost of caring for an ageing population, it can seem as though we are locked in a battle between savers and homeowners trying to protect their assets, and the government trying to…
Could the Courts overturn your Will?

Can the Courts Overturn Your Will?


Are you worried that your will may not be safe? The recent ruling in the case of Melita Jackson - who disinherited her daughter in favour of several animal charities, only for her wishes to…
Inheritance Tax Case Studies

Inheritance Tax: Client Case Studies


The laws governing Inheritance Tax can be tricky to negotiate without expert advice Here are some of the common scenarios we come across in our daily business*: Zoe and Jack – ‘Common Law’ Spouses: Zoe…

Do you trust your Spouse? Then get a Lasting Power of Attorney


If you were in a coma, who would you want making decisions about your care – or even whether to let you live or die? Your other half, or a complete stranger? If you suffered…
Common Law Marriage and Other Myths

Common Law Marriage, the Unicorn and other myths


Common Law Marriage – one of the most persistent and most damaging myths there is when it comes to planning for your family. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as ‘Common Law…

5 Intestacy Nightmares You Can Avoid


Are you leaving behind an intestacy nightmare for your family? There are so many myths, rumours and misapprehensions surrounding Intestacy Law that it’s no wonder thousands are surprised every year when their closest loved ones…

The 7 Year Rule: Inheritance Tax and Lifetime Gifts


Even if you are aware of the Seven Year Rule, you may still be mistaking your exposure without expert advice. Inheritance Tax has been in the news this month with the changes to allowances announced…

What you need to know about new Inheritance Tax rules from April 2017


Inheritance Tax rules are set to change from April 2017, but what do you need to know to protect your estate now? Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax that affects almost everybody. Also known as…

Care Home Fees and the Recent Announcement


The much heralded new ideas on social care funding were heavily trailed over the weekend andannounced late on Monday. Apparently the delay in making the announcement was due to some last minute wrangling over how…