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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.

 

Probate - who gets paid first?

Andrew Welch
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After someone dies there is a strict order for dealing with their estate. It can take many months because in a lot of cases a grant of probate will be required before any money can be distributed to beneficiaries. Our information on grants of probate ...

Can you fast track probate?

Andrew Welch
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Unfortunately there is no easy way of fast tracking probate . There is no special process that is available to do it or extra fee that you can pay to get it done faster than normal. Essentially there are three main stages and at various times you may...

Does the government social care costs cap mean that you don't need to worry about care home fees?

Andrew Welch
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The short answer is no. You still have to think about how social care costs and care home fees will impact on you and your family. The government announced in the autumn of 2021 that it intended to “fix” the social care crisis by raising...

Is the administrator of an estate responsible for debt?

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When a person dies, their debt does not die with them. It can be a common misconception that the debt is written off but this is for the most part untrue. After someone dies, their estate is handled by one or more executors. Or an administrator if they do...

Do spouses automatically have power of attorney?

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A power of attorney is useful in the instance that a person becomes incapacitated, or in need of help with making decisions. This can include decisions on their finances and their health. The types of power of attorney include ordinary power of...

I want to give my children some money to buy a house - are there any inheritance tax implications?

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Inheritance tax is complicated and there are all sorts of exemptions and allowances. So when tax planning you should always take specific advice from a solicitor or accountant. In simplest terms if you have property and assets, including a house or...

I am divorced - will my ex-spouse get anything in my Will?

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Divorce operates to treat your ex-spouse as if they had predeceased you on the divorce . That means that they cannot inherit under any pre divorce Will but it could mean, depending on the terms of that Will, that your estate or parts of it fall to be...

Do I need to update my Will if I move house?

Katie Mayren
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You should definitely review your Will if you move house. Although you may not need to make any changes, you should at least make a note to store with your Will of your change of address. An incorrect address on a Will does not usually affect the validity...

When should you update a Will?

Katie Mayren
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If you have already made a Will, you are already one step ahead in managing your affairs as we all know, it is not an enjoyable process to have to go through although essential. If you have made a Will, you should review your provisions whenever your...

Does my husband or wife automatically inherit my estate?

Rachelle Nuttall
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If you pass away without a Will and are married or in a civil partnership, depending on the value of your assets  you may be surprised to hear that your spouse may not receive all of your estate automatically.   If you do not have a Will...

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