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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.

 

Lasting Power of Attorney and value for money

Jill Rushton
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A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important document which will allow someone else to manage the affairs of someone who can’t do it themselves. It is particularly useful if a family member develops a condition such as Alzheimer’s or has...

Do I need to instruct a solicitor if I am the personal representative of an estate?

Sophie Holmes
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What do I need to do as the personal representative? If you are an executor of a Will or if you are administrator where somebody has passed away without leaving a Will , you are legally responsible for administering their estate. This means that you...

Planning for the future - protecting your family and business

Jill Rushton
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If you are a business owner the chances are that you will have poured a great deal of time, hard work and love into your business. You want to make sure that if something happened to you, your family and business would be properly looked after. It’s...

Planning for the future - who will look after my children if I die?

Jill Rushton
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One of the main reasons why people make Wills is to provide for their children if they die. It’s not a pleasant thought, but making sure your children are looked after if you die is the major concern for most parents. Solicitors will want to...

Dealing with the financial affairs of someone who has died

Jill Rushton
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People often have multiple assets, policies and debts that need to be dealt with when someone dies. In the majority of instances, people do not have a file or comprehensive list of these assets making handling financial affairs quite a time consuming...

Who can apply for probate?

Jill Rushton
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Probate follows several key stages and who can apply depends on whether there was a Will or not. Where a Will is in place, the people responsible for handling the estate are named as executors . They may be family members, a friend or someone else...

What rights does a beneficiary of a Will have?

Jill Rushton
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The probate process can seem complex and confusing especially if you are a beneficiary and do not have all of the information to hand about the probate process. The rights to all the estate information are assigned to the executor. Although it is...

The role of an executor

Jill Rushton
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An executor is chosen by a person making a Will to handle their estate upon their death. The executor or executors handle the distribution of assets and pay any debts as well as handling any other interests expressed in the Will. In...

What are the stages of probate?

Jill Rushton
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Probate involves getting the court’s permission to carry out the wishes within someone's Will and settling the person’s estate. Probate is sometimes not required if the estate is small and in these two main scenarios: There was...

Is my Will still valid after I get married?

Jill Rushton
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Many people don’t know that if you get married it revokes all previous Wills. That could mean that if you have children from a previous relationship and you have provided for them in your Will but you then get married, they could be disinherited. ...

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