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Stepsisters’ inheritance battle over which parent died first (14 August 2019)

Stepsisters locked in bitter feud over inheritance argue over which parent died first  Read more...

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The issues with online and DIY will services (6 August 2019)

Cheap, online and ‘DIY’ wills are becoming more and more prevalent and unfortunately, those who opt for one of these methods when making their will run the risk of the testator’s wishes being disregarded or for their estate to be consumed by costly legal bills.  Read more...

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Who died first? Stepsisters’ inheritance battle invokes rarely-used 94 year old law (18 July 2019)

Two stepsisters are locked in a bitter legal dispute over which of their respective parents died first. John and Ann Scarle, who both had children from previous marriages, died from hypothermia at their home address in Leigh-on-Sea. Whilst further details in relation to the nature of the tragedy are yet to be disclosed, the respective sides of the family remain at war as to who should inherit the family home.  Read more...

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Probate fee reform continues to be delayed by Brexit (18 July 2019)

Personal representatives, whether they are appointed as executors or administrators, hold the responsibility of dealing with the estate of the deceased. The purpose of the grant of representation is to provide personal representatives with the authority to receive assets from the estate.  Read more...

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Everything you need to know about a Lasting Power of Attorney (11 March 2019)

As we age, the future of our mental capacity can become more and more uncertain and we may wonder whether we should appoint others to handle our matters on our behalf. Unfortunately, it is the case that many people become incapable of managing their affairs; hence, a document known as a Lasting Power of Attorney can be put into place.   Read more...

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Probate fees set for a dramatic rise (19 February 2019)

New probate fees that have been announced by the Government are to be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following claims from the independent financial advisory group LEBC that such dramatic increases would cause ‘hardship and distress’ to the bereaved, says Today’s Wills and Probate.  Read more...

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Things commonly forgotten about when drafting a Will (15 February 2019)

Many of us draft our Will with our legacy in mind, specifically thinking about who will be beneficiaries of your estate after we are gone. For this, you may take some time first identifying and then attributing a certain portion of your estate to those individuals. But what about lesser known complicating factors that could throw up problems after you are gone? Here, we look at the considerations to make when drafting or amending your Will and how to avoid future disputes.   Read more...

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Contesting a Will: Farmer’s son who ‘hates cows’ stripped of his inheritance (3 December 2018)

Inheritance disputes can be extremely sensitive when close family or friends feel they have been duped out of what they believe they were entitled to. One farmer’s son has taken his parents to court after finding out they did not plan on giving him a penny from the family’s farm in their Wills.  Read more...

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Changing a will – is it really necessary? (9 November 2018)

Making a will is never the most enjoyable of experiences and not one that most people want to have to go through more than once, so once it’s done and dusted that should be it right? Store it safely away and forget about it.   Read more...

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Personal Representatives for Testators be warned: Executor made personally liable for £340,000 tax bill (15 October 2018)

In the recent case of Glyne T Harris as Personal Representative of Helena Norma McDonald (deceased) v HRMC (2018), Mr Harris, was found liable for a tax bill of £341,279. As the Executor of Ms McDonald, Mr Harris had an obligation to settle the bill, even though he had arguably complied with his duties. The difficulty lay in the way that he dealt with those duties and that is something all Personal Representatives should be aware of.   Read more...

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Survey prompts warning for adults without a will (8 August 2018)

The Kings Court Trust (KCT) commissioned a survey, conducted by YouGov, to assess more than 2,000 adults living in the UK to look at how will drafting has changed in recent years. The results of the survey reveal that more than 60% of UK adults do not have a will.   Read more...

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