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Expat Wills

Corporate Clients Terms of Business

The following standard terms of business apply to all instructions accepted by the Company. All work carried out in the provision of Will Writing Services is subject to these terms except where changes are expressly agreed in writing. These terms of business form the basis of the contract between the Company and the Client.

Definitions:

  1. Procedures
    1. On the initial appointment your detailed instructions will be taken and appropriate advice given on matters relating Will Writing Services. Any queries or questions will be answered and a full explanation given on the contents and terminology used in the drafting of your Documents.
  2. The Company undertakes to:
    1. Comply with your instructions with reasonable skill, care and expedition appropriate to your needs.
    2. Provide you with the best advice on matters relating to the Will Writing Services. In some cases this may mean advice to draw up other documents, or take other action, which may incur further fees. In such cases full details of such charges will be given to you in advance and you are under no obligation to proceed with any ancillary services offered. However, in some circumstances you may be asked to sign a declaration stating that you are acting against the advice given.
    3. Dispatch your draft Documents by first class post within 14 days of taking your initial instructions. Where circumstances occur which are outside of the Company's control which will result in a delay beyond this period you will be given a full written explanation and the opportunity to renegotiate the contract or cancel the agreement with a full refund being provided. If you decide to proceed the Documents will be produced as soon as is possible and, in any event, the Company shall produce and dispatch the draft Documents to you within 30 days of having taken the initial instruction.
    4. Maintain the strictest confidentiality and not to pass on your details to any other organisation without your express written permission unless legally required to do so and shall comply with all legislation in force relating to data protection, also see Item 3 Confidentiality Terms below.
    5. Refund any money paid in respect of the preparation of your Will(s) should you change your mind within 7 days from the date of taking your instructions. After the expiration of this period the Company reserves the right to charge you for the advice given and for any work already carried out on your behalf and in accordance with your signed instructions. An itemised bill will be produced for any charge falling due under this term.
    6. Hold any money received from a Client in advance of the preparation of you Documents in a separate client account until the Will Writing Services have been carried out in accordance with your instructions.
    7. Offer a chargeable attestation service that supervises the signing and witnessing of your Documents at your home. The Company will not take responsibility for ensuring the validity of your Documents where the attestation service has not been taken up and the execution supervised by an agent of the Company. The signing of your Documents must be carried out according to the law of England and Wales in order for your Documents to be valid. All Documents will be supplied to you with full written instructions of how these should be completed.
    8. Where the Company offers a Will storage service, the Company does not accept any liability or obligation to advise you of any changes in legislation or taxation which may affect you either directly or indirectly and may necessitate a review of your Documents. Any Will should be reviewed every three years and on the occasion of any material change in your circumstances, such as divorce, marriage, the birth of children or the inheritance of a large sum of money etc.
  3. Confidentiality Terms are:
    1. Without a signed instruction from the Client Expat Wills its Employees and or Consultants will not disclose, sell or otherwise pass on the Clients personal information or data to third parties. This includes but is not limited to personal information held as hard copies, electronic formats, software, data storage files, website server data and other information disclosed or submitted, orally, in writing, or by any other media, to Recipient by Owner
    2. Recipient agrees that the Confidential Information is to be considered confidential and proprietary to Owner and Recipient shall hold the same in confidence, shall not use the Confidential Information other than for the purposes of its business with Owner, and shall disclose it only to its officers, directors, or employees with a specific need to know. Recipient will not disclose, publish or otherwise reveal any of the Confidential Information received from Owner to any other party whatsoever except with the specific prior written authorization of Owner.
    3. Confidential Information furnished in tangible form shall not be duplicated by Recipient except for purposes of this Agreement. Upon the request of Owner, Recipient shall return all Confidential Information received in written or tangible form, including copies, or reproductions or other media containing such Confidential Information, within ten (10) days of such request. At Recipient's option, any documents or other media developed by the Recipient containing Confidential Information may be destroyed by Recipient. Recipient shall provide a written certificate to Owner regarding destruction within ten (10) days thereafter.
    4. The obligations of Recipient herein shall be effective from the date of this agreement and shall have a unlimited period of time or until the recipients death at which time disclosure may on be given to a legal court of the jurisdiction referred to herein. Further, the obligation not to disclose shall not be affected by bankruptcy, receivership, assignment, attachment or seizure procedures, whether initiated by or against Recipient, nor by the rejection of any agreement between Owner and Recipient, by a trustee of Recipient in bankruptcy, or by the Recipient as a debtor-in-possession or the equivalent of any of the foregoing under local law.
    5. Recipient agrees not to disclose its participation in this undertaking, the existence or terms and conditions of the Agreement, or the fact that discussions are being held with Owner.
    6. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Arab Emirates and Recipient consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts located there for any dispute arising out of this Agreement. Recipient agrees that in the event of any breach or threatened breach by Recipient, Owner may obtain, in addition to any other legal remedies which may be available, such equitable relief as may be necessary to protect Owner against any such breach or threatened breach.
    7. This Agreement terminates and supersedes all prior understandings or agreements on the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may be modified only by a further writing that is duly executed by both parties.
    8. Recipient may not assign this Agreement or any interest herein without Owner's express prior written consent.
    9. If any term of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, then this Agreement, including all of the remaining terms, will remain in full force and effect as if such invalid or unenforceable term had never been included.
    10. Any notice required by this Agreement or given in connection with it, shall be in writing and shall be given to the appropriate party by personal delivery or by certified mail, postage prepaid, or recognized overnight delivery services.
    11. Either party's failure to insist in any one or more instances upon strict performance by the other party of any of the terms of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any continuing or subsequent failure to perform or delay in performance of any term hereof.
  4. The Corporate Client Obligations are:
    1. To only refer Employees of you Company and not third parties which may benefit from our discounted Corporate service rates. Abuse of the Corporate Client Scheme will result in the Corporate Client being declined to participate further.
    2. To inform all Employees being referred by the Corporate Client of Expat Wills Corporate rates and where the Employees are paying for our services directly ensure they are made aware that they must do so.
    3. Where the Corporate Client is paying for Expat Wills services on behalf of their Employees full payment is due within 28 days from the date of the relevant Expat Wills Invoice.
  5. Your Employees Obligations are:
    1. To disclose all relevant facts and answers to all the questions asked to allow the Company to provide accurate advice and to produce an effective legal Document. The Company shall not accept liability in respect of information which was not disclosed, and therefore not documented by the person taking your instructions, and which comes to light at a later date as being of relevance and which may effect the validity or content of your Documents or advice given.
    2. To read through the draft Documents provided, to confirm that they correctly reflect your wishes as to the distribution of your estate and that the names and addresses of the persons mentioned in your Documents are correct, adding any missing data not supplied at the time of taking your instructions.
    3. To return the Documents together with any amendments to the Company as soon as possible. If you fail to return the Documents to the Company, the Company shall accept no liability for the draft Documents. The Company shall not be responsible for any delay due to your failure to comply with the above.
    4. To notify the Company if you do not receive your draft Documents within two weeks of the first appointment, unless otherwise agreed.
    5. To pay the fee due for the provision of Will Writing Services in full and in accordance with the terms of our invoice.
    6. If you are having the attestation service, you should arrange for the witnesses to be present at the time of the execution of your Will.
  6. Client Care:
    1. The Company is committed to providing you with a high quality service. An essential part of that service is that we will communicate effectively with you so that you are kept informed of progress.
    2. The Company maintains a full complaints procedure to which any complaint should first of all be addressed. If the matter is unable to be resolved to your satisfaction you may refer it, in writing, to the Complaints Department, The Society of Will Writers. Eagle House, Exchange Road, Lincoln, LN6 3JZ
    3. The Company complies with the Society's Code of Practice of which a copy is available upon request.