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A royal lesson in keeping things under your hat

Posted on 05th October 2021 in Probate & Wills

The judicial decision that the will of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh be kept private for the next 90 years highlights that a will generally becomes a public document once probate has been granted, open to be read by anyone with an interest in the estate, highlighting the importance of discussing intentions to avoid later challenges to the estate and to exclude any confidential information. 

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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5 reasons to make a Will

Posted on 05th October 2021 in Probate & Wills

Why make a Will? It is important for you to make a Will, not matter whether or not you consider you have many possessions or much money. Here we set out five main reasons why it is essential to make a Will.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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The use of donor's funds by a registered lasting power of attorney

Posted on 27th August 2021 in Probate & Wills

Unless express instructions are included in the lasting power of attorney (LPA) for property and financial affairs about providing for others or making gifts, the general rule is that the LPA attorney does not have power to benefit others apart from the very restricted authority to make the usual Christmas and birthday gifts and to make gifts to any charity to whom the donor may have been making regular payments.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Can you make your own homemade Will?

Posted on 25th June 2021 in Probate & Wills

If you write your own Will, without help from a solicitor, you need to make sure you know what's required in the eyes of the law. Homemade Wills are often poorly written, contain mistakes or are incorrectly executed. As a result, they are commonly found to be invalid or ineffective after death.

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Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Leaving gifts to charities in your Will

Posted on 08th June 2021 in Probate & Wills

If you are thinking about creating or updating your Will you may consider the possibility of including a charitable gift.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Why you should include digital assets and passwords in your will

Posted on 20th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

The Law Society has advised that people should include digital passwords in their will to ensure executors can access vital online information.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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When does a person no longer have capacity to make a Will?

Posted on 18th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

When making a Will, the person making it (the testator) must have the necessary mental capacity in order for the Will to be valid.  

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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Changes to the Trust Registration Service

Posted on 05th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

Updates will shortly be made to the online Trust Registration Service (TRS) in preparation for opening it to non-taxable trusts for registration later this year. Whereas trustees were only obliged to register in certain circumstances before, the new system will shortly catch the vast majority of trusts with the requirement to go through this exercise.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Probate delays cause despair to bereaved families

Posted on 04th May 2021 in Probate & Wills

HM Courts and Tribunals Service, which deals with Probate applications, has lately been revamped to move all Probate operations to a central location. Whereas there used to be various Probate Registry centres around the country, the new central hub was intended to streamline the process.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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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