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September 28, 2020—

Blended families – Questions you should be asking

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
We regularly deal with clients whose life stories include divorce, separation and children from previous relationships. Estate planning for blended families can often pose significant…
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September 7, 2020—

Administering an estate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
The death of a loved can be hard for everyone involved and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may add additional stress through this difficult time. There…
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July 9, 2020—

Does marriage, divorce or separation affect my Will?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Whether it is the start of a relationship or the end, it is important to understand the effect marriage, divorce or separation can have on…
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June 15, 2020—

7 common mistakes made by executors

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
An executor is a person who has been appointed in a Will to administer the will-maker’s estate and carry out the Will-maker’s wishes. They are…
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April 23, 2020—

Risks with home-made Wills and Will kits

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Many people think that making a Will is a simple exercise and that it is something that you can do for yourself. With the availability…
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March 4, 2020—

I want to see a deceased’s Will – can I request a copy?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Many people think that when someone dies there will be a formal “reading of the Will.” However, this is really a concept of the past. There…
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January 22, 2020—

Do I always need a grant of probate to administer a deceased’s estate?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Obtaining a grant of probate from the Supreme Court is one of the main tasks that an executor of an estate may have to undertake.…
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October 16, 2019—

Gifting to a charity in your Will

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Leaving a gift to a charity in your Will is a great way to provide support to organisations and causes you care about. As with…
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September 10, 2019—

Should young people have Wills?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
One of the biggest estate planning myths is that only older people need Wills. While young people (over the age of 18) may not want to…
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July 22, 2019—

Tenants in Common vs Joint Tenancy

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Understanding the difference between joint tenants and tenants in common is important if you are looking at your estate planning. If a Willmaker understands the…
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June 24, 2019—

What are digital assets?

Written by: Duncan MacDougall
Digital assets include your online accounts, electronic banking information, hard storage devices, smartphones, online subscriptions/memberships, social networking accounts etc., that contain data, which can be personal or…
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