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Our Wills and Probate solicitors regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

 

I want to give my children some money to buy a house - are there any inheritance tax implications?

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Inheritance tax is complicated and there are all sorts of exemptions and allowances. So when tax planning you should always take specific advice from a solicitor or accountant. In simplest terms if you have property and assets, including a house or...

I am divorced - will my ex-spouse get anything in my Will?

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Divorce operates to treat your ex-spouse as if they had predeceased you on the divorce . That means that they cannot inherit under any pre divorce Will but it could mean, depending on the terms of that Will, that your estate or parts of it fall to be...

Do I need to update my Will if I move house?

Katie Mayren
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You should definitely review your Will if you move house. Although you may not need to make any changes, you should at least make a note to store with your Will of your change of address. An incorrect address on a Will does not usually affect the validity...

When should you update a Will?

Katie Mayren
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If you have already made a Will, you are already one step ahead in managing your affairs as we all know, it is not an enjoyable process to have to go through although essential. If you have made a Will, you should review your provisions whenever your...

Does my husband or wife automatically inherit my estate?

Rachelle Nuttall
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If you pass away without a Will and are married or in a civil partnership, depending on the value of your assets  you may be surprised to hear that your spouse may not receive all of your estate automatically.   If you do not have a Will...

How do I prove I have a power of attorney?

Rachel Haywood
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It is possible that any one of us could lose the capacity to manage our own affairs at some point in the future due to a variety of reasons such as illness, age, accident or injury. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to choose someone you...

Where is the best place to keep a Will?

Jill Rushton
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There is no law on how a Will should be stored. It’s up to you what you want to do about storing your Will but there are some common sense thoughts. It does need to be kept somewhere safe, where it won’t be lost, inadvertently damaged or...

Can a person living with dementia give a Power of Attorney?

Jill Rushton
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A Power of Attorney can be very useful because it can allow someone to help manage someone else’s affairs. It is particularly useful for assisting people who may be living with dementia and who may need that kind of help. However it’s...

Do all estates require probate?

Sophie Holmes
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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...

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

Andrew Welch
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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...

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