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29 11, 2019

Will writing: How do I start the conversation?

2019-11-29T14:19:45+00:00November 29th, 2019|General|

At our recent Digital Death event with Steph Nimmo, we talked about the importance of writing or updating our Will. We also discussed the importance of having open and honest conversations about your wishes and your plans with family and friends. It's never going to be easy to talk about dying. But, by having these difficult conversations now, instead of at a time of crisis it can save a huge amount of heartache. If you want to talk to your family or friends about what you would like to happen after you die or perhaps you're interested in what their wishes [...]

27 11, 2019

What is a power of attorney? And, do I need one?

2019-11-27T13:57:15+00:00November 27th, 2019|General|

Managing your affairs and enduring power of attorney... A time may come when you are no longer capable of managing your property or financial affairs. You will need someone to do this for you. You can appoint someone to hold a Power of Attorney that will allow them to act on your behalf. This can be a friend, relative or even a professional. What is a Power of Attorney? A Power of Attorney is actually a legal document. It gives someone else the authority to take actions or make decisions on your behalf. You choose a person or people to deal [...]

13 11, 2019

I’ve written my Will. Have you?

2019-11-13T14:06:49+00:00November 13th, 2019|General|

I’m mum to two young boys aged 9 and 10. When my eldest son was very little it soon became apparent that something wasn’t quite right. From global developmental delay to profound and multiple learning difficulties, from no diagnosis to a diagnosis of an ultra-rare genetic condition, our lives have not followed the path wed expected it would. Being parents to a child with life-long disabilities brings with it its own challenges and responsibilities. The most difficult to comprehend is the fact that he will probably still be here requiring the same level of care when we aren’t. And although hard [...]

6 11, 2019

Why ‘A Good Will’ is so important to me

2019-11-06T13:06:15+00:00November 6th, 2019|General|

I wanted to write a Will as I know the difficulties that can occur when a person dies intestate (without a Will). I wanted to make my wishes clear and to make things as simple and straightforward as possible for my family. In fact, the process of writing a Will was really simple. It helped that my husband and I had talked about our wishes before we went to meet with our Solicitor. But, our Solicitor was able to talk us through the legal aspect of preparing a Will. There were a few points during that meeting that we hadn't considered [...]

5 11, 2019

Gifts in Wills: The difference 1% could make…

2019-11-05T11:36:10+00:00November 5th, 2019|General|

As part of Will to Give Week (4th – 8th November) Will to Give is urging people to leave a Gift in their Will. If an extra one per cent of Northern Ireland’s population left just one per cent of their estate it would equate to millions of pounds in vital income every year to our favourite causes. Gifts left in Wills are often the biggest source of income for local charities and make a huge difference to the services that can be provided but most people don’t realise that it’s even an option. Almost a quarter of the patients cared [...]

28 08, 2019

Where do I store my Will?

2019-08-28T00:00:00+01:00August 28th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Storage Of Wills Proper storage of your Will is equally as important as actually writing your Will. Having taken the important step of preparing a valid Will, you may be wondering where you should keep this important document, and how it will be found by your Executors when needed. The UK, unlike some other countries, does not offer an official Will register. If your Will cannot be found after your death, it will be presumed that you have died intestate (without a valid Will).  If this is the case your estate will be shared out according to specific rules which might not [...]

16 08, 2019

What is Swedish Death Cleaning?

2019-08-16T00:00:00+01:00August 16th, 2019|Uncategorised|

We discover the art of Swedish Death Cleaning and ask ourselves is this something that people would do in Northern Ireland? Here at Will to Give we talk a lot about death. We talk to lots of people about supporting their favourite charity by leaving a gift in their Will. Leaving a gift in your Will and preparing your Will goes hand in hand with talking about death and what will happen after your death. It's not something that people in Northern Ireland feel overly comfortable about. Understandably, it makes us feel sad and we often put off difficult conversations as they can [...]

15 08, 2019

Download your Will Writing Guide TODAY!

2019-08-15T00:00:00+01:00August 15th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Check out our free Will writing guide. A GUIDE TO MAKING AND UPDATING YOUR WILL Download this useful guide to making your WIll and leaving a gift to charity. It's easier than you think! For all the latest updates on Will writing and all things gifts in Wills follow us or join our mailing list... Find us here... Twitter @WilltoGive Facebook @willtogive Instagram @_willtogive Subscribe to our mailing list ------- Will to Give is a unique network of charities working together to encourage people in Northern Ireland to leave a charitable gift in their Will. For more information about how you can leave a [...]

29 07, 2019

Who leaves a legacy?

2019-07-29T00:00:00+01:00July 29th, 2019|Uncategorised|

There's no particular 'type' of person who leaves a gift in their Will. Women tend to be more likely to leave a charitable gift or legacy simply because women generally live longer than men. But, absolutely anyone can leave a gift in their Will as long as -  1. They have an up to date and valid Will  2. They have specified the amount of or type of gift they would like to leave and to which charity or charities It really doesn't matter what your 'demographic' is, leaving a gift in your Will is a simple and straightforward way of supporting [...]

19 07, 2019

Why cohabiting couples need a Will

2019-07-19T00:00:00+01:00July 19th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Will to Give looks at why cohabiting couples, in particular, need a Will. Will to Give exists to encourage more people living in Northern Ireland to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will. As part of our work, we look at the reasons why people actually need a Will. In today's article, we are looking specifically at cohabiting couples. Although there is no legal definition of living together, it generally means to live together as a couple without being married. You can formalise aspects of your status with a partner by drawing up a legal agreement called a cohabitation contract or living together agreement. However, it is not clear [...]