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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 0175 321 6399.

 

How leaving a gift to charity in your Will can have tax benefits for your estate

Megan Ryan-Loughran
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The end quarter of the year always seems to be filled with a whole host of charitable efforts, and we at Stephensons love a good fundraising activity. There’s Go Sober for October in aid of Macmillan, Movember for the Movember Foundation, Children in...

Probate fee increase further delayed

Simon Page
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Since the government decided to increase probate fees as set out in the Draft Non Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018 there has been much discussion in the media. The government proposals seek to increase the existing fixed probate fee of £215...

The effect of rising care home fees

Katie Mayren
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There is no getting away from the care home fee fear currently sweeping the nation. You work hard for your entire life to own a beautiful home and have some money in the bank, to then have it wiped out due to having to fund your required care later in...

Writing my first Will at 21 years old and why its time to update it already - Will drafting for the younger generation

Adam Sym
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There are many things that we young adults consider important at our age, and also many things that we consider are problems to deal with later in life. As an 18 year old beginning a career in law, I was certain that making a Will would not be of any...

Dementia and the benefits of making a lasting power of attorney

Nicola Mawson
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Dementia is the leading cause of death in England and Wales and it is estimated that some 850,000 people across the UK are now living with dementia. The stats are sobering, but what exactly is dementia and if you’re diagnosed with dementia what legal...

Why make the decision to have a professional deputy?

Rachel Haywood
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A deputy is appointed by the Court of Protection to manage financial matters on behalf of a person who is unable to do this for themselves. A deputy can be appointed to act on behalf of an adult, or a child if it is likely that the child will continue to...

How do the increased probate fees affect bereaved families?

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The government announced its plans to change the way probate fees are charged back in November 2018. It was proposed that families would pay probate fees where an estate is worth more than £50,000. For those estates over this threshold, the fees...

Why everybody should have a lasting power of attorney

Nicola Mawson
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Losing your mental capacity and your ability to make important decisions for yourself may not be pleasant to think about, but it is important that everyone plans for the unexpected and having a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is one of the ways you can...

Will you show someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day?

Nicola Mawson
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Valentine's Day is nearly here and our Wills and Probate team would like to celebrate by giving away a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rose Brut Imperial Champagne. So for your chance to win simply retweet our post on Twitter and gives us...

The importance of Wills - including for the younger generation

Rachelle Nuttall
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It has been reported recently in the media, following his sad death in April 2018 that the entire fortune which is estimated to be over £20 million pounds of the famous DJ and music producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) who was aged just 28 at his death...

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