A change to Probate fees in April

    Probate is something that the majority of us do not think about until we need to go through it because we have lost a love done. But with changes happening to probate fees in April it’s worth understanding the financial impact it could have for you, your loved …

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5m in UK confused about Wills

According to research by Royal London, more than 5 million people in the UK are confused by Wills and are not sure where to begin. Six in ten parents either do not have a Will or it is out of date. Whilst 34% of UK adults said an illness would …

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Change to Probate fees – what could it cost you?

On 5th November, the Ministry of Justice provided on update on plans for new legislation to implement a new, banded structure of fees for grant of probate. The plan was originally put forward in May 2017, and it has been confirmed that it will now be revisited.   Tiered fee system …

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – the role of the Attorney

If you are either looking to create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for yourself, or if you have been asked to be the ‘attorney’ in an LPA , then it’s important to fully understand the role. The role of an Attorney could vary greatly and it’s essential that before …

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Are we ignoring our future?

Capacity and the discussions taking place around mental capacity are becoming increasingly regular. As a population we have been ageing for a number of years, it is now starting to become apparent that as dementia has increased, added to other health issues, our future capacity and our ability to make …

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Gone through one of these events? You may need a Will

If you have recently gone through any of the following life events, then it could be wise to consider creating a Will – or update an existing Will:   Lifestyle events that may trigger your need for a Will…   You have recently married or entered into a civil partnership …

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Probate steps – your checklist

Key steps of Probate Probate is the legal right to deal with someone’s possessions, property and money when they die. Probate must be handled in a certain way and follow a series of steps to ensure it is carried out properly and with the wishes of the deceased respected. If …

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Co-habitation and your inheritance rights

  Whilst there is an increase in the number of people who decide to co-habit together, the understanding of what happens to property and assets if one partner dies is still misunderstood. If you live with your partner and have decided not to get married or enter into a civil …

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Lasing Powers of Attorney refund scheme

A refund scheme for those who have been overcharged for their power of attorney registration has been launched by the Ministry of Justice. The charge for LPA registration is only supposed to cover the cost of the service, but clients were over-charged up to April 2017, when the Office of …

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Illott v Mitson Court Ruling – Upholding Testators Wishes

The widely reported Illott v Mitson case this week reached a final conclusion at the Supreme Court after a 10 year battle between three animal charities and a daughter excluded from her mothers £500,000 will. Heather Illott’s mother Milita Jackson left most of her estate to charities but nothing to …

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