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Where to begin when a loved one passes away

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Unfortunately, many of us will find ourselves at some point in our lives having to administer the affairs of someone who has passed away. As family and friends come to terms with their loss, here at Stephensons we are often asked the question –...

Probate - who gets paid first?

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After someone dies there is a strict order for dealing with their estate. It can take many months because in a lot of cases a grant of probate will be required before any money can be distributed to beneficiaries. Our information on grants of probate ...

Can you fast track probate?

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Unfortunately there is no easy way of fast tracking probate . There is no special process that is available to do it or extra fee that you can pay to get it done faster than normal. Essentially there are three main stages and at various times you may...

Does the government social care costs cap mean that you don't need to worry about care home fees?

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The short answer is no. You still have to think about how social care costs and care home fees will impact on you and your family. The government announced in the autumn of 2021 that it intended to “fix” the social care crisis by raising...

Probate prices in the South East - how do they compare with elsewhere in the UK?

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Years ago when family were having to deal with the sad task of getting probate and administering the estate of a loved one who had passed away, they would often use a local solicitor. That is no longer necessary and may not be the best thing to do for...

Probate prices in London - how do they compare?

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Years ago when family were having to deal with the sad task of getting probate and administering the estate of a loved one who had passed away, they would often use a local solicitor. That is no longer necessary and may not be the best thing to do for...

Court of Protection Finance Deputyships - why it may make sense for a local authority to instruct external solicitors

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This article examines the arguments for and against a local authority instructing external solicitors to apply for a deputyships in respect of service users . It is informed by issues rightly raised by APAD (The Association of Public Authority...

Reform of Inheritance Tax

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Inheritance Tax and Intergenerational Fairness (APPG) reported in January 2020 with some radical proposals for reform of Inheritance Tax (IHT). The group was set up to facilitate methods of reform to deal with...

How to pay for legal fees

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Legal aid Due to cuts by various governments legal aid is now no longer as widely available as it used to be. There are large areas of law which simply do not qualify for legal aid at all, such as business disputes, most money...

Do cats cause accidents?

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Many of us may be infected by a parasite which lives in cats but can be passed onto humans and could be responsible for accidents. The parasite lives in the guts of cats but is often picked up by humans when, for example, they come into contact with soil...