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HMCTS introduce new probate application forms for legal professionals (3 April 2020)

HMCTS has liaised with the Law Society to introduce three new forms that will make the process of applying for a caveat, grant of probate and a grant of representation much more efficient.  Read more...

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The ongoing crisis surrounding COVID-19 reminds us of our fragility (20 March 2020)

Wills and probate trainee solicitor Zeen Al Atroshi reminds us why making a will is so important  Read more...

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How to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (16 October 2019)

Wills and probate caseworker, Zeen Al Atroshi explains the procedure involved when making a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975  Read more...

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Fraudulent behaviour and suspecting the validity of a will (18 September 2019)

Legal Executive Simi Gupta discusses the issue of fraudulent wills and the factors to look out for when suspecting the validity of a will.   Read more...

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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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