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5 Terms Every Will Writer Should Be Using During Your Initial Consultation

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Are you planning to write a will? Do you understand all the terminology around it? If not, then don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Trying to understand legal jargon can sometimes feel like learning an entirely new language. Whether you choose to seek a solicitor to help you make your will, make use of a will writing service or write your own using a will writing template, you will need to be able to understand some important legal terms if you want to get things right.

So, to make the legal-speak a bit less baffling, here are a few key terms that you may hear in your initial consultation, and an explanation of each:

Intestate

If you die without having made a will then you are said to have ‘died intestate’. When a person dies without leaving a valid will, their property (the estate) will be divided up according to rules laid down by law. These are called the rules of intestacy. Only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.

You can also be said to have died intestate if you made a will but it is declared not legally valid. If, for example, your will was not drawn up correctly, or it can be proven that you were put under undue pressure by someone in the writing process. In these cases, the same rules of intestacy will be applied to your will.

Probate Estate
Probate estate simply refers to all the assets a person owns at the time of their death, and which now need to be administered and bequeathed to those who are designated to receive them. Assets could include property, belongings, savings and cash, payments owed to the deceased, life insurance, land or shares.

Probate administration is the process by which a will is proven to be genuine, legally valid and approved by the court.

Residuary Estate

This term is used to describe the process of identifying the portion of a person’s estate which remains after all the gifts specified are distributed and all claims have been satisfied.

There is usually a residuary clause contained within each will and it is important in the case of property remaining that either was not specifically referred to in the will, or in cases where a beneficiary is no longer alive to receive their allocated share of the assets.

Executor
In every will, an executor must be named. It is the job of the executor to carry out your wishes as per the instructions in your will.

You can appoint anyone you like to perform this role, but it is a role that carries great responsibility therefore it must be someone who is able to spend the time needed on the task, and who will take their role seriously.

Often, an executor is someone who is also named as a beneficiary in the will as this gives them an extra incentive to see the process through to the end, but it does not need to be. It could be a family member, friend, or even a professional such as a solicitor. It can be a time consuming process, taking several months, particularly if property needs to be sold to complete probate.

Mirror wills refer to two wills which are almost identical to each other. These kind of wills are most commonly made when a husband and wife, or civil partners, wish to leave the same instructions for their property, and where both are naming the same beneficiaries, usually each other in the case they should die separately, and children in the case that they have both passed away. As it is not possible for people to have joint wills, mirror wills are in effect two separate legal documents, with very similar contents. The respective partners in a mirror will usually name each other as executors, but it is important to have a second executor named in case both partners should die together.

There are many other terms that you may hear when making your will. It is important to get clear definitions of any terms you do not understand and a good will writer will always be happy to do so.

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5 ‘Out of the Box’ Stag Do Ideas For The Under 30s

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It is no secret that lately stag parties have fallen victim to monotony. What started off as a Spartan custom has become an American stereotype and there is little doubt as to who should be blamed for this. The finger of blame can be firmly pointed at the Hangover series!

What should the lads wear? Black tuxedos, of course! Where should they go? Las Vegas, of course! What should they drink? Well, that’s a no brainer.

But Stag Do’s don’t all have to follow the same, well-worn pattern.

If you want to script your own original ideas for a Stag Do that everyone will remember and enjoy (and not just because they woke up in a hotel room with a tiger), and you’d like some points for creativity, then let us help you think out of the box.

Extreme Adventure Activities

If you read the stories of people who have faced adversity together, you will find that they develop a stronger bond. Extreme sports might not be exactly negotiating Mount Everest, but it is nevertheless a kind of struggle, which is also a lot of fun at the same time. Doing something tough together doesn’t only assure you a good time that you can all still talk about in years to come, but it will also make your gang more close knit than ever before.

Getting your mates to participate in extreme adventure activities can be a perfect way to create a story which you can wear as a badge of honour. Every adventurous activity that you do together, be it bungee jumping, cliff jumping or paragliding, will give you a story to go back home with of a memorable incident that you can fondly recall later.

If you or any of your friends are not very comfortable with the idea of extreme adventure, you can try activities which are less extreme but just as much fun. These activities might include Land Rover off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, off-road buggies, archery and other such activities. These activities will give you plenty of opportunity to have banter and a good time together.

Paintball

The stag do activities we mentioned above demand involvement of two or at most three individuals. But if your group is much bigger and you are looking for an activity in which each of you can participate together, then paintball could be the perfect activity for you.

Stags in fancy dress costume is a pretty common sight but you must admit that a fearless looking gang in camouflage uniforms, each holding a gun in their hands, (albeit paintball guns!) is a sight to behold and would make for a great social media post.

The game of paintball has been traditionally used as a team building exercise as it is an excellent ice breaker. It makes communication effortless and is an activity that can break the ice amongst any group of strangers or friends, no matter how frosty!

Road Trip

What better way to spend time with your gang than to set out on a road trip and have some great fun along the way? Road trips have become more popular recently and you don’t need much analysis to learn why. All you need to do is take your car to the nearest petrol station, get a full tank and a car full of snacks, and you’re off!

You can plan stop-offs and adventures along the way, and you can even mark a few tourist spots on the map if they do not require you to go much out of the way. Make reservations at hotels along the way or carry your own tents if you’re rustic enough!

You can drive in turns so that none of you are too deprived of much needed rest. You need to remember that you also have to wreak havoc when you reach your destination city so you shouldn’t exhaust yourself too much along the way.

Camping

Camping offers a great balance between the seclusion you need to party to your heart’s content and a relaxed atmosphere which makes you want to party more. When you are camping or glamping, there is no worry at the back of your mind about returning back to the place where you have booked your accommodation. It not only makes for a memorable experience but also a good tale or two at the end of the weekend.

Whilst camping in itself is an interesting activity, you can combine it with several other outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking or hunting. There are many activity centres which offer the option of camping. An advantage of letting such activity centres host your stag do is that you can do fun activities during the day and unwind/party at night, all in the same location.

Driving Experiences

It is difficult to find a man who doesn’t have a weakness for wheels. If your lads like to drive, why not make driving a big part of your stag party? Most guys would be thrilled at the thought of getting behind the wheel of a sports car, or off-road vehicle and racing against each other. There are many venues which offer Go Karting or dirt buggy experiences. If you have off-road driving enthusiasts in your group, you can even sign up for a Land Rover driving experience.

If you are not a big fan of driving yourself but love to see wheels in motion, you can buy tickets for a competitive racing event and feast your eyes on those supercars, whilst you hold a pint of beer in your hand. The only thing you need to be careful about when including such events in your stag do is that you must book tickets and accommodation beforehand as they attract a huge audience.

The ideal stag do activity is the one which engages your entire group and most importantly the groom-to-be. It is certainly the last party that he will attend as a bachelor and he deserves a farewell, which even years later, brings on the nostalgia of his bachelor days.

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