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How far in advance should I start planning to pass my business on?

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It is a sad fact that many businesses have no succession plans in place and simply believe that the business will be able to sort itself out in the event of the ill health or the death of the sole trader or one of the business partners. This really...

What to look for in Wills & Probate services

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There is sometimes a big difference in what law firms charge to draft a Will or administer an estate after someone’s death. There can be a particularly large variation based on location, with some solicitors in the South East charging...

Lasting Power of Attorney and value for money

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A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important document which will allow someone else to manage the affairs of someone who can’t do it themselves. It is particularly useful if a family member develops a condition such as Alzheimer’s or has...

Planning for the future - protecting your family and business

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If you are a business owner the chances are that you will have poured a great deal of time, hard work and love into your business. You want to make sure that if something happened to you, your family and business would be properly looked after. It’s...

Planning for the future - who will look after my children if I die?

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One of the main reasons why people make Wills is to provide for their children if they die. It’s not a pleasant thought, but making sure your children are looked after if you die is the major concern for most parents. Solicitors will...

Can I make a Will during lockdown?

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It may be the worry of the outcome of the pandemic or it may be the case that we just have a little more time to think about what matters to us that is leading us all to think about finally getting around to making a Will or updating an existing...

Is it possible to apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney during COVID-19?

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In the last 5 years the number of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications made to the Office of Public Guardianship (OPG) has increased dramatically each year and they received just short of 900,000 applications in the last 12 months with there...

Dealing with the financial affairs of someone who has died

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People often have multiple assets, policies and debts that need to be dealt with when someone dies. In the majority of instances, people do not have a file or comprehensive list of these assets making handling financial affairs quite a time consuming...

Who can apply for probate?

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Probate follows several key stages and who can apply depends on whether there was a Will or not. Where a Will is in place, the people responsible for handling the estate are named as executors . They may be family members, a friend or someone else...

What rights does a beneficiary of a Will have?

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The probate process can seem complex and confusing especially if you are a beneficiary and do not have all of the information to hand about the probate process. The rights to all the estate information are assigned to the executor. Although it is...

The role of an executor

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An executor is chosen by a person making a Will to handle their estate upon their death. The executor or executors handle the distribution of assets and pay any debts as well as handling any other interests expressed in the Will. In...

What are the stages of probate?

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Probate involves getting the court’s permission to carry out the wishes within someone's Will and settling the person’s estate. Probate is sometimes not required if the estate is small and in these two main scenarios: ...

Is my Will still valid after I get married?

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Many people don’t know that if you get married it revokes all previous Wills. That could mean that if you have children from a previous relationship and you have provided for them in your Will but you then get married, they could be disinherited. ...

Intestacy rules update - what does this means for you?

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In England and Wales two thirds of people pass away each year without having made a Will. It may be the case that some people just don’t get around to it, some may not realise that getting married can revoke a previous Will. S ome people presume...

The use of lasting powers of attorney in issues with property

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With a large increase in the number of instructions to prepare lasting powers of attorneys (LPA) for our clients we are often called upon by our colleagues in the residential conveyancing department to provide them with help and guidance on their...

Are we facing a dementia crisis and if so how can we plan for it?

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It is widely thought that the UK is heading towards a dementia crisis with millions of people failing to take steps to prepare for losing mental capacity, a solicitors organisation has warned. A recent report by Solicitors for the Elderly warns that...

5 reasons why you should update your Will

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Once you have prepared your Will, it is easy and natural to then put this to the back of your mind. However, life events occur that may mean you need to reflect and make changes to your Will otherwise it may not be in line with your new circumstances. ...

Care costs 'more than half of home value' according to study

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Concerns about paying for residential care are nothing new. However, with more of us living into old age than ever before and increasing numbers of alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses in old age, the prospect of making financial plans to pay for care...