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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.

 

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?

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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...

Christmas gifts - have you considered the tax benefits?

Adam Sym
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It is the season for exchanging gifts with your loved ones and we spend so much time trying to find the perfect and most thoughtful gift for every person. Perhaps however the most thoughtful gift is to plan to mitigate your inheritance tax liability...

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...

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