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Contesting a Will After a Bereavement

When a beloved family member dies, emotions are often running very high and a small grievance can quickly escalate into something much larger. Bereavements are always difficult to deal with, and this is particularly true if you feel as if you have been treated unfairly by the will that was left behind. Cases of wills being successfully challenged are becoming more commonplace, due to the growth of our ageing population. The Validity of a Will This is very strictly defined under English Law and a will must be made in writing and signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses. They must also attest and sign the will in his or her presence. In some circumstances, the will can be signed in the presence of the person making it and at his direction. A valid will can only be made by someone who has the mental capacity to understand what they are undertaking and the extent of their estate. This becomes very difficult if the testator is suffering from an illness like Alzheimer’s or is terminally ill and […]

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Gambling Responsibly?

There’s a man I used to work with that was a banker. He used to spend hours talking with people about money and how to be responsible with it. The ironic thing was he loved his fantasy football, poker, and gambling at the casino. He was a bachelor, made good money, and always budgeted a certain amount each month for these activities. Since he considered that his entertainment budget, he didn’t worry about it. I’ll have to admit; I wouldn’t personally do it but I don’t see the harm in it either. He had interesting reasons why he needed to do continue to do all of the activities instead of eliminating anything. -Fantasy football. His friends all got together one day each weekend and talked about fantasy football. They would all gather at a friend’s house and each person would bring appetizers or beer. They were saving money by staying in and bringing their own food.  His justification for keeping the fantasy football team was that if he didn’t continue do participate he’d probably spend more money at the bars […]

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