The Will Cast
By Stuart Porter
The Will CastDec 12, 2021
s2 e11 - 15 Children and Counting
American Rapper DMX died in April 2021 aged 50.
So far there have been 15 people who have come forward claiming to be his children.
In this episode we look at what DMX could have done to make things easier for his family.
s2 e10 What Is A Trust?
What is a Trust? Ancient origins but still very useful for planning your estate today. No longer the preserve of the very wealthy. This is a short introduction to Trusts, the roles, and responsibilities of the people involved as well as a couple of examples.
My Family Will Know What To Do...
Today we are going to talk about one of the most common excuses I hear for not writing a Will, my family will know what to do if I die.
The death of a family member or even a close friend is a deeply emotional time. Grief can cause people to act out of character. Small things suddenly become very significant and stress levels rise. The possibility of squabbles turning into long-term feuds is very real.
The idea that “My family will know what to do” is often a short-term fix that prevents us from contemplating our own mortality. But it beckons a potentially bigger problem.
S2 E9 - Why Have A Will
This week is back to basics - Why Have A Will.
This was the most popular episode of season 1 of The Will Cast.
Have You Agreed To Be An Executor?
The executor is the person responsible to the relevant authorities for the administration of a person's estate. It can be a time-consuming job, so what can be done to make life easier for executors? In this episode, we describe the duties of an executor and as well as offering a free useful document to share with anyone who has appointed you as an executor.
Should You Meet Your Will Writer?
With restrictions on movement reducing, clients are moving back to the traditional face-to-face meetings. But is there any reason why they should?
Excluding People From Your Will
If you have ever wondered about excluding someone from your Will, this is the episode for you.
We look at
- whether exclusion is possible,
- why people exclude,
- what action you should take; and
- what remedies an excluded person may have against your estate.
Tips On Choosing A Guardian
Choosing a person who will look after your children in the event of your death is important. This episode provides a few ideas to help you make the right choice.
Will You Pay 40% Death Duties?
Simple planning to pass on more of your hard-earned money to your heirs and less to the government.
How A Will Helps With Financial Planning
Having carefully built up assets during your lifetime by planning your finances, a Will provides you with control over how you pass that which you own to the next generation. It can also help minimise death duties and legal costs.
A review of commonly held beliefs about Wills by UK expats based in the UAE.
Why Use A Professional Will Writer
A brief introduction into the benefits of using a professional over a DIY approach for the document that determines who gets all your worldly goods on death and, where applicable, who looks after your young children.
Common Mistakes When Writing A Will
Learn how to avoid common mistakes when writing a Will.
Things To Consider When Writing A Will
Learn what you need to consider when writing a Will in 8 minutes.
1.1 Why Review Your Will
A 5-minute look at why reviewing your Will regularly is just as important as preparing your first.
5.0 Funerals, Organ Donation and Pets
Miscellaneous matters often included in a Will. A 5-minute introduction on things to consider when making choices for funeral arrangements, organ donation, pets and digital assets.
6 minutes on things to consider when appointing beneficiaries under your Will. How to protect your estate from divorce. How to reduce death duties (tax). What to do when excluding some-one from your Will and more.
5 minutes on Guardianship for expatriates
4.1 Executors and Trustees
A 5-minute ex-pat brief on the role of an executor and how to choose one.
In this episode, we look at why gifts fail under a Will, the types of gift, how to update your wishes without a lawyer and tax treatment of gifts.
2.2 Other Assets & Ineligible Assets
This episode provides information on moveable assets as well as things you cannot gift under your Will.
2.1 Real Estate
In this week's episode we look at Real Estate and answer the questions:
What is Real Estate?
Why is it treated differently to other assets?
How can I regain control over my Real Estate in Dubai?
0.2 UAE Wills and Guardianship Arrangements
The second of my podcasts in connection with the local Will and Guardianship options for expatriates resident in Dubai. For more information visit www.greatbritishwills.com
0.1 Use of Home Country Wills in the UAE
In response to the large number of enquires I have received over the last week, I have prepared 2 short podcasts. The first covers the use of home country wills in UAE and the second summarises the various options for guardianship and certain assets within the UAE. For more information visit www.greatbritishwills.com
2.0 What Is Your Estate?
This episode provides you with a brief look at what makes up your estate and why it is important for your Will draftsperson to know this information.
1.2 Why Family Structure Is Important
This episode provides insight into why a Will writer needs to have detailed knowledge of a person's family structure. Key areas covered are distribution of assets, guardianship and tax planning.
1.0 Why Have A Will?
In this episode, we look at 8 reasons why having a valid will is important for expatriates living in Dubai.