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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.

 

New Court of Protection Rules

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Since the Court of Protection Rules 2007, there has been no comprehensive update of the rules and directions governing the practice and procedure in the Court of Protection until now. On 1 December 2017, the new Court of Protection Rules 2017 were...

5 reasons why you should update your Will

Jill Rushton
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Once you have prepared your Will, it is easy and natural to then put this to the back of your mind. However, life events occur that may mean you need to reflect and make changes to your Will otherwise it may not be in line with your new circumstances. ...

How can you ensure your Will is not contested in court?

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The Supreme Court is the final Court of Appeal in the UK, and hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance. In 2016, this court heard its first case challenging a Will. The question is why did a contested Will reach such a complex stage?...

Lasting Power of Attorney for your business: now is the time to plan

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What would happen to your business if you no longer had the capacity to make the decisions? Is it time you planned for an alternative business future you hope will never materialise? There are approximately 5.4 million SME’s in the UK; defined as...

Online probate service: T&C's apply

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The government has been working steadily towards an online portal system for obtaining probate since April 2016. Some will view this as welcomed simplification of an archaic system, however will this shift to the internet expose the vulnerable at an...

Inheritance tax revenue has reached a record high

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Inheritance tax (IHT) revenue has reached a record high at an annual total of £5 billion compared to the previous tax year when approximately £4.7 billion was collected, representing a 9% increase. One reason for this increase is due to the...

Care costs 'more than half of home value' according to study

Jill Rushton
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Concerns about paying for residential care are nothing new. However, with more of us living into old age than ever before and increasing numbers of alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses in old age, the prospect of making financial plans to pay for care...

Inheritance tax changes - is your plan up to date?

Adam Sym
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Inheritance tax revenue is growing at an alarming rate. According to the latest statistics available from the Office for National Statistics, approximately £3.825 billion in inheritance tax was paid in the 2014-2015 tax year, compared with...

Grandparents set to pass on property worth £400 billion

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According to new research from insurers Royal London, over £400 billion in wealth is due to be passed down from grandparents to younger generations over the next few decades . Data was collected from over 5,000 people from three different...

Sliding scale imposed for probate fees

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Currently the probate registry fee is a standard fee of £155.00 (or £215.00 for personal applications) for all estates of all values whether they are worth £6,000 or £1,000,000. This is soon to change as in May 2017 the standard...

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