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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.

 

You've planned for your children's Christmas but have you planned for their future?

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Everyone is busy making plans for the upcoming festive season to ensure their children have the best Christmas and enjoy watching their faces light up when they open their presents from Santa Claus. But who would ensure your children have the magical...

The use of lasting powers of attorney in issues with property

Jill Rushton
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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...

Government announces probate fee increase

Nicola Mawson
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The government has recently announced changes to probate fees with some charges escalating to £6,000. In England and Wales, probate fees (the fees paid when administering someone's estate after they die) are set to be paid as a sliding...

Does an executor of an estate need professional advice?

Ayesha Khan
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An executor is a person named in a Will who is legally responsible for ensuring a deceased’s estate is administered properly. If you are an executor of someone’s Will, there are certain things that you must do. In many circumstances a grant...

Do you really need a Will?

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It is a common presumption that those who are married do not need to make a Will , as the estate will pass automatically to their spouse. Only for some individuals will this be correct. We would always recommend you consider the value of your estate and...

Inheritance tax - the latest facts and figures and three simple steps to reduce your tax

Adam Sym
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HMRC has released its latest publication on inheritance tax statistics. It shows that revenues continue to increase in respect of a tax which some consider to be unfair. HMRC collected a total of £5.2bn of inheritance tax in 2017-18. This is an 8%...

The importance of a Will for unmarried couples

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It is recommended that everyone has a valid Will in placed, in order to ensure that your estate passes in line with your wishes and your loved ones are provided for. This is crucial particularly for unmarried couples that wish to provide for each other...

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

Jill Rushton
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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...

Does GDPR give beneficiaries the right to be told they are named in a person's Will?

Rachelle Nuttall
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We have all been inundated with emails over the past few months with regard to the introduction of GDPR on 25 th May 2018. This was introduced by the EU to improve the data rights of EU residents and to ensure that data protection law was equal...

Losing a loved one

Charlotte Harris
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When a loved one passes away, it is a very difficult and upsetting time for friends and family. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, but there are some things that have to be done as soon as possible.  Firstly, not many...

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