Blogs

  • February 2020

  • A photo of Buzz in front of a helicopter | Remember A Charity

    Buzz’s helicopter rescue

    When he’s well, Buzz lives up to his name – his mum Melissa describes him as “a very busy little boy”. But, unfortunately, he has a very rare genetic disorder called Leopard Syndrome which has left him in intensive care six times since he was born. Buzz suffers from regular episodes of croup (a condition […]

  • A photograph of Andrew

    Andrew’s gift for future generations

    Andrew was born in 1943. Even though he experienced seizures throughout his childhood, he wasn’t properly diagnosed with epilepsy until the age of 17. This meant that he was regularly punished at school for his poor attention span, when in fact he was having seizures, compounded by his dyslexia. Andrew spent a lot of time […]

  • A family sat on a park bench

    Four things you might not know about gifts in Wills

    Andrea Mapstone, Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer at Purely Probate, reveals four things her clients often don’t know about charitable gifts in Wills. 1. If you leave 10% or more of your estate to charity in your Will you are entitled to a reduced rate of inheritance tax (IHT) If you leave a gift in your […]

  • January 2020

  • A photograph of Seth

    Seth’s story

    Seth absolutely loves music. You can tell because he has a big smile on his face as he sits on the floor and moves his head to the rhythm of his favourite song and plays along using an app on his iPad. Seth is completely blind so music is especially important to him. Seth has […]

  • A family sitting by the sea

    How To Reduce Inheritance Tax

    Inheritance tax was originally introduced to help level the playing field by affecting only the very wealthy. In recent years though, the rise in house prices means that more and more families now face the galling prospect of handing over almost half of their wealth to the taxman, at the expense of their loved ones. […]

  • Pat and Frank – the devoted couple who pledged their retirement to giving back

    “My husband Frank was a Unicef supporter since the moment he retired,” says Pat. Before that, Frank had been a busy headmaster and Pat had a career in publishing. Pat describes her husband as “quite the showman.” After they stopped working, Pat says that selling home-baked goods and preserves in the local market became “part […]

  • A photo of Flavio speaking on behalf of Evolve Housing + Support

    Flavio’s story – from homelessness to role model

    Flavio, 22, was a dazzling young footballer who had risen up the youth ranks of Crystal Palace and then West Ham. But in his late teens, he was stabbed and almost died. After being released from the hospital he became homeless and at the age of 20, he sofa surfed for seven months, sleeping on […]

  • December 2019

  • David’s story – supporting the arts for heart’s sake

    It was love at first sight when I met my wife Sonia at The Royal Opera House in 1964. We were both there to watch Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in Swan Lake. Sonia was wearing a green dress which immediately caught my eye. It was the most romantic of situations. We were both students […]

  • November 2019

  • A meeting with a professional Will writer

    Professional Will Writing Services In The UK

    Making a Will can be a tricky business, which is why we always recommend having your Will professionally written by either a solicitor or Will writer which could be found through a professional body. Understandably, some people want to use a service they know they can trust. For this reason, there are a few professional […]

  • Differences In Making A Will In Scotland

    For people in England and Wales, the process of making a Will is almost exactly the same; however, the process is slightly different north of the border in Scotland. Much of this is simply down to different terminology, although there are some subtle variations in the law which may affect how a Will is written. […]

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