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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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