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The Challenges of Intestacy

Posted on 23rd March 2021 in Probate & Wills

A recent High Court case has highlighted the challenges faced when a person dies intestate, or when a Will does not cover a number of scenarios, such as what should happen in the event of the unexpected death of a beneficiary.

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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Creation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney have been steadily increasing over the last few years

Posted on 15th March 2021 in Probate & Wills

Further to International Women’s Day at the beginning of this week, it is great to see that the trend for the number of women planning for their and their family’s future, by creating Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Can you make a gift on your deathbed?

Posted on 03rd March 2021 in Dispute Resolution, Probate & Wills

It is always best to ensure you have a carefully drafted, and updated Will setting out what you would like to happen to your property and effects when you die. The law protects your decisions in most cases but this can provide some inflexibility in the way your estate is handled. Equally, if there is no Will, the intestacy rules can result in undesirable consequences.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Rise in post-pandemic probate claims

Posted on 19th February 2021 in Probate & Wills

A recent article has reported that there has been a marked rise in claims being brought against estates. These claims are mainly being made under the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 whereby claimants argue that they have not received reasonable financial provision from an estate. 

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Reducing Inheritance Tax through Post-Death variations

Posted on 05th February 2021 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

So, what happens when a person has neglected to update their Will and it therefore misses out on more favourable tax treatment? Is there anything which the beneficiaries or Executors can do about it?

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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Discretionary Trusts in Wills

Posted on 29th January 2021 in Probate & Wills

Choosing the beneficiaries in your Will, or the amounts that each beneficiary receives, can sometimes be a daunting task. Especially when you consider that you are likely to be making your Will many years before you pass away and you cannot always tell how much your family will grow and change over the coming years.

Posted by

Sophie Palk

Wealth Management Assistant

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Gifts to non-existent charities in wills

Posted on 18th December 2020 in Probate & Wills

Making sure that your intended beneficiaries are accurately described in your Will is an important part of ensuring that your Executors are able to administer the estate correctly. However, what happens if you are required to act in an estate where the intended beneficiary is a charity which does not exist?

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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7% of the public made a Will during lockdown 1

Posted on 07th December 2020 in Probate & Wills

According to a recent Law Society poll, 7% of the public who responded to the survey had updated or made a new Will during the first lockdown 1.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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New year, new you? Why it might be a good time to write a will

Posted on 07th December 2020 in Probate & Wills

The new year could be an excellent time to write a will or to review your existing will. In this article, we take a look at some of the things you should consider.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Unclaimed estates totalling £1.744bn from those without Wills

Posted on 02nd October 2020 in Probate & Wills

It has been reported by a north-east property developer that there are approximately 7,991 estates currently left unclaimed in England and Wales. The total value of which is estimated at £1.744bn, equating to £218,300 per estate. They report that the majority of these estates have been left by single people who have not made a Will.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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The uncomfortable middle-ground of deputyship management – dangers for the unwary

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 originally envisaged two providers of deputyship services outside of the family members of those requiring assistance: solicitors and local authorities.  Mechanisms for both forms of service providers were included in the Act and its connected guidance.  The 15 years during which the Act 2005 has been in place, however, have seen a dramatic development in the landscape in which deputyships are granted and administered.  

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Remote Witnessing of Wills to come into retrospective effect

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

On 7th September 2020 legislation was laid before Parliament to bring into force changes to the age-old Wills Act 1837(‘the Act’) to enable Wills to be witnessed virtually by video conference.

Posted by

Sasha Brennan

Solicitor