Hello contributors! The site is getting established on Google now and the next steps should be to fill some gaps in the articles we have already and to begin working on expanding on some key points. What I have noticed on the way people are finding us, is that it seems people are looking for answers to issues and contentious matters. This is great if you deal with this area, although not everyone will be. Therefore I would suggest that if you deal with contentious areas that you suggest areas you have the most experience in. Therefore if you want to write a specific article on undue influence, please write this below so that everyone can see what is being written currently. Before you post a topic, make sure it fits in with what we have on the site already and that nobody else is writing about this. It is not a big issue, but it will be best if we keep covering a wide area rather than all focus on a specific topic.

Otherwise, I have put a few useful topics below to whoever prefers to do these. Please post a reply saying which topic you want. Please feel free to write when you have time. I will of course try to target the bigger contributors first (based not just on the number of articles, but their depth as well etc) when we have enquiries.

1. An introduction to lasting powers of attorney.
2. The duties and responsibilities of attorneys.
3. The costs of arranging a lasting power of attorney.
4. How to register an enduring power of attorney.
5. Losing mental capacity and its effects on a persons finances.
6. How a will can protect against nursing home fees.
7. Lifetime trusts - an introduction.
8. Why lasting powers of attorneys are important.

Scott request - Pilot trusts

Additional topics required please:

1. Discretionary trusts v interest in possession trusts
2. Taxation of trusts
Hi everyone, the next request is for definitions and not articles. Please choose 3 at a time and post your definition e.g. Testator, Attestation and Trustee. The key benefit of doing this is that we will be generating lots of keywords to bring traffic in. Do not create the definitions first - post a reply and then create the definition. Each term will have it's own page so feel free to elaborate on the use etc. Thank you.
We are at edition 2, so please choose up to 3 topics from this list. Just leave a comment below and I will make that topic red. Thank you! Where we are late into June and topics are left, then I will open the number of articles to more than 3 per person if required.

1. Professional advice and regulation - an article looking at how will writers are able to give professional advice now (due to training/experience etc) and how regulation may affect things (general advice and standards being raised etc)
2. Appointing executors - their duties and responsibilities
3. Replacing executors - looking at how an executor can be replaced.
4. Overseas property and assets issues
5. Why wills fail
6. Funeral considerations - the choices between cremation/burial/green funerals or not specifying anything in a will and the effect of this.
7. Professional willwriting bodies - a magazine focus article. Taken by the editor.
8. Inheritance tax - when and how it is paid
9. Professional trustees v. lay - looking at the difference, the issues that are caused by having lay execs, what happens when lay execs need replacing etc.
10. Breaking down probate costs - a look at a probate bill - from initial instructions to selling property etc - where do the fes go?
11. Professional qualifications - what they mean - What does it mean to be a solicitor in practice? How is this different from a non solicitor will writer. STEP qualifications and ILEX etc - how does a person differentiate between the different qualifications? Does 30 years of practice but no qualifications = a bad will writer?
12. Definition of a dodgy willwriting firm - how to spot a firm to stay away from, from very low cost wills by home visiting instruction takers, to lack of membership of any body / no PI cover etc.
13. Intestacy rules
14. Finding beneficiaries - practical issues - what can be done to find a lost beneficiary?
15. The Probate Registries - what they do - a short guide to their role, how they help the public etc.
This is the edition 1 list of topics. Once someone has chosen a topic, they will put their name and chosen topic in a new post. Please choose a topic from the available ones. If you are unable to write an article for the remaining topics, for whatever reason, please email the magazine with a reason why and we will try to accommodate you as best we can. We realise people will have different specialisms, and we do not want topics written with the best intentions, but with no experience or only a very basic knowledge. Thank you!

If you have general questions, please use the contributor blog:

Edition 1 topics: (red = taken, but please check recent posts)
1. What is a will?
2. Who can write a will?
3. Key things to include in a will.
4. What happens when someone dies without a will?
5. The different people in a will - who to include.
6. Types of gifts that can be made in a will.
7. Things a will can't do.
8. Writing a will - the choices available. (i.e. will writer, solicitor, diy)
9. Who can advise on a will?
10 How can a will be amended, changed or revoked?
11. Looking after children with a will.

12. What is probate?
13. Who is involved with probate?
14. How are someones wishes carried out?
15. When do disputes arise?
16. Inheritance tax - what is it and when is it paid?
17. Reducing inheritance tax - an introduction.
19. Trusts - the basics.
20. Dealing with property and your home in a will and probate issues.

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    Welcome to the blog! Use this as a way to find available topics to write about. Once we start to exhaust topics, we will start accepting your own ideas for more specialist areas and sub topics to main articles.


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