Afterthoughts - Planning

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Writing a book of your life

Many of us have pondered the idea of publishing a book, but have you ever considered writing your own autobiography?  It’s a trend that it growing alongside the availability of self-publishing tools and services.  Producing a book of your life can be a therapeutic process and the end result can be a valued gift for […]

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Survey shows pessimistic view of life expectancy

Over a quarter of (29%) all Brits surveyed think their lives will end by the age of 75, according a new survey. The shocking results reveal a big gap between personal estimates and Government figures which show the average age of death in the UK is currently 81. The YouGov poll, conducted by the funeral […]

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DEALING WITH A WILL- ADMINISTRATORS AND EXECUTORS

Are you worried about being named as an executor in someone’s will? Have you been named an executor, or are you unsure what an administrator or executor would need to do? In fact, what is the difference is between an administrator and an executor? This quick guide to administrators and executors will help you. Who […]

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GOOD FUNERAL PLANNING MAKES GREAT FINANCIAL SENSE

The costs of a funeral are some of the few bills we can’t predict in our lifetime. Transparency is important – I can’t tell you how much your funeral will cost. What we can all do, is decide how long our mortgages should last, and how much we’ll pay in interest. We can set our […]

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TALKING TO PARENTS ABOUT END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

It’s never easy to talk about death and dying. But it is important. The trouble is, how on earth do you start that conversation? And what do you do, if your Mum and Dad really don’t want to talk about it? Every family is different. Here are three ways to start the conversation, that might […]

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HOW DOES A PRE-PAID FUNERAL PLAN WORK?

A pre-paid funeral plan lets you pay in advance for the basic costs of a funeral. This means your family or your estate doesn’t have to find that part of your end-of-life expenses, when the time comes. In short: A funeral plan pays for funeral director’s basic costs. Some pre-paid funeral plans include third party […]

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WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A FUNERAL PLAN?

This might surprise you, but we do recommend you look at the alternatives to buying a funeral plan. In the same way we pay for homes in different ways – with a mortgage, by renting, via a half-and-half arrangement – everyone’s plans for paying for a funeral are unique, too. Everything depends on your situation. […]

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FIVE GOOD REASONS TO MAKE A WILL

Everyone over 18 should make a Will. In short, a Will is a legal document that explains what you’d like to happen to your property, money, and possessions after your death. It doesn’t have to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor, but that is best practice (because a badly-worded Will might cause more […]

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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES

First things first. If you need these details straight away and you’re in a calm situation, don’t feel you’ve got to rush. Take your time. There will be people who can help you. It’s true, there’ll be documents to deal with and some decisions to make, but that comes later. If you’re exploring this information […]