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Do I need Probate even if there is a Will?

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It is a common misconception that Probate will not be required when a person has passed away leaving a valid Will. In fact, the requirement for Probate depends on the type of assets in the estate, the value of these assets and the way in which they...

The online 'MyHMCTS' portal

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Plans to make applying for Grants of Representation more accessible and streamlined were introduced by the UK Government in 2017 and applications via the MyHMCTS portal, an online case management tool for legal professionals, became mandatory in November...

Do all estates require probate?

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If you are appointed in a Will as an ‘executor’, you may find that you have to apply for a Grant of Probate before you are able to deal with their assets. If family member has passed away without leaving a Will , it may be up to you to obtain...

Will I have to sell my home to pay for care fees?

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on indoor visiting for care homes has made the news again in recent weeks as the government introduced measures to allow care home residents one visitor, as a part of the easing of lockdown restrictions in England...

Do I need a Will and, if so, how frequently should it be updated?

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Planning for the future and certainly planning for when we die can be a daunting exercise and something that many people feel that they can put off until further down the line. Some people do not like the idea of ‘tempting fate’ and prefer not...

Do I need to instruct a solicitor if I am the personal representative of an estate?

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What do I need to do as the personal representative? If you are an executor of a Will or if you are administrator where somebody has passed away without leaving a Will , you are legally responsible for administering their estate. This means that you...