Monthly Archives: November 2015

Time to Contest a Will

If a potential beneficiary or heir of a will believes the will in not valid, she has the option to contest the will. A will contest must be initiated within a specific period of time from the time the will is admitted to probate, says Gordon from www.assetguardiancompany.co.uk.

Probate

When a person dies, his will must be probated before the assets can be distributed to the heirs. Probate is the legal procedure whereby a court ensures all assets are accounted for and all debts are paid before the remaining assets of the decedent (person that died) are distributed.

Time Frame

State law will determine how long a potential beneficiary of a will has to contest the will. In most cases, the time frame is rather short (less than 60 days). A will contest may be filed before the will is admitted to probate in some states or within a short period of time after the will has been admitted to probate. Each state has a probate code section to indicate when a will contest must be initiated.

Procedure

State laws will determine the exact procedure as well as who may file a will contest. In all cases, the court must be formally notified of your intention to contest the will and on what grounds you are contesting the will. A will contest can be complicated and the services of an attorney may be required.

Revocation of a UK Will

A testator can revoke a pre-existing will at any time. The entire will or a provision of the will can be changed or considered invalid by executing another will that expressly revokes the previous will. Physically destroying the previous will is another act of revocation that can be performed by the testator or by another person under the testator’s direction.

Retaining a licensed The UK probate attorney is advisable when creating a will. The attorney can make sure the document complies with all applicable probate laws and is constructed in a manner that accurately reflects the testator’s wishes.

6 Common Marketing Mistakes of Non-Profits

A lot of non-profit organizations struggle with marketing efforts. They wonder, “Isn’t it obvious we are a good organization forwarding a good cause?”

The answer is, no. Not unless you have a tight marketing strategy. One that hits home with your target audience and gives people cause to open their wallets year after year. If you know the common mistakes most organizations make, it’s easy to figure out a strategy that works and gives a larger ROI.

  1. Not Using Stories.

Stories are the heart of your marketing. Think about it. What makes you want to go to a certain bar or cafe, send your child to a specific college, or hire “John Doe” the accountant?

Studies have found consumers are “50% more likely to be influenced by word-of-mouth recommendations from their peers than by radio/TV ads.”

Interview volunteers, donors, and outside groups that benefited from your organization’s efforts. Use their stories to help tell your story.

  1. Not Grabbing the Reader’s Attention Right Away.

The headline of an ad, or the first sentence of a fundraising letter, is what hooks your reader.

In this high-speed age of technology, people are used to scanning. If you can’t catch someone’s attention from the start, you’ve lost him. For example, take a look at the following headlines:

Boring: “Nonprofit Arts Organization Offers Corporate Sponsorship Programs.”

Better: “Increase Your Visibility Through Corporate Sponsorship.”

  1. Writing for Colleagues Rather Than Readers.

Mentioning how wonderful your staff, services, programs, or organization is has the potential to bore your reader.

The truth is, no one cares if you implemented a new web interface that makes it easier for you to accept credit cards online.

Focus instead on highlighting the organization’s mission. Promote the cause and the accomplishments the organization has achieved through its mission. How has your organization benefited others, the community, the world?

  1. Using the Word “We.”

Ever been at a party and got stuck with someone who went on and on about themselves? All you can do is look for the quick escape.

By changing your verbiage to the second person, you immediately make the story about your reader. For example:

Bad: “We have many art programs available to help children see the world in a different light.”

Better: “You can open the world to your child through our art programs.”

  1. Not Personalizing the Features of Your Organization.

Personal benefits of your features provide your reader with initiative to, once again, open their wallet. What’s in it for them?

This is not to say people are selfish and will only give if they get something out of it. Your organization would not exist if this were true. Nevertheless, people still need personal reasons to give. A sense of doing right in the world doesn’t work with a majority of people out there. Example:

Feature: Arts programs in low-income communities.

Benefit: Diverse cultural experiences for people of all ages and income brackets.

  1. Not Proofreading or Editing Fundraising Materials.

This is probably the most basic, yet oft-overlooked mistake.

Many times, marketing departments in non-profits are on tight deadlines and are understaffed. This leaves little time to set aside letters, copy or other fundraising materials for the 24-hour breather, or to pass materials around to the staff for input.

Nevertheless, because marketing budgets are tight, it’s even more important to make sure your copy oozes professionalism, conciseness, and above all, accuracy in order to get the most out of your marketing bucks.

Give your copy the 24-hour breather. Then pick it up again, and take a fresh look at it. See it from the eyes of your audience. Pass it around the office to a few key people for input. Then, tighten it up, and send it to press.

If all else fails, you can always out-source to a freelancer who can breathe fresh air into your reports or marketing pieces. Or, hire them right from the start if your budget allows. This will free up your marketing staff to oversee things from the big picture.

Tis the season for celebration

‘This is the Time of year for Festivity:.
The Top three Business Party Do’s And Do nots !
Once more, the Christmas season is upon us. This signifies that it will shortly be occasion for some considerable joy and revelry with countless dinner parties, barbques then afterwards there will be the business office gatherings. These are regularly filled with possible downfalls that result in awkward situations that may follow us the entire year round!
Talk to anybody, and they will offer you a lot of guidance on what to wear, what amount to consume, what to consume and whom to speak to at the business office bash. Let’s admit it, you are going to disregard all that and get plastered on the company bill nonetheless. Here is some common sense advice to get you through the office party season with your sanity and reputation intact!
Office Party Do’s.
Do Turn up!
You should show up at all of them if you are invited to one office party or ten of them. You might just get to party with your future supervisor, so attend and dress to wow!
Do Have a bite to eat just before you leave!
You are heading there with the goal of blowing away the mind of co-workers with your professional identity. Eat ahead of time so you will not need to imbibe on an unfilled stomach and in the event the meal is postponed or just bad, you won’t pass away of starvation.
Do Have a good time, that’s a must !
Don’t be a corner hugger or just talk with your workmates from the next office space. Go for it and mingle. If getting wasted is your concept of pleasure, then go for it, but bear in mind that these same folks will be your supervisors and coworkers the next morning and they will certainly never let you fail to remember!
Office Party Do Nots.
Don’t Judge.
People are going to show off their festive selves more often than not. It is a workplace party, and the party will end, but you will have to see each other at the workplace everyday afterwards.
Do not Clean Your Hands on the Business Furniture.
The best way to avoid doing this would be to stop drinking at drink number 3 or 5! Making a klutz or worse, a fool out of yourself at the office party may keep others from taking you seriously ever again.
Don’t ever Be Scary.
This is an office party we are talking about people. The operative word here being “office”!

This means that it will quickly be occasion for some serious fun and merrymaking with endless dinners, BBQs and then there will be the office parties. Ask anyone, and they will give you plenty of advice for what to wear, how much to drink, what to drink and who to talk to at the office party. Here is some common sense advice to get you through the office party season with your sanity and reputation intact!
Making a klutz or worse, a fool out of yourself at the office party may keep others from taking you seriously ever again.
The operative word here being “office”!