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    News Category: Wills, probate and tax

    • 17 November 2020

      Part of Caroline Flack’s estate to go to charity despite not leaving a Will – what can we learn?

      The TV presenter and radio host, Caroline Flack, sadly took her life earlier this year whilst awaiting trial for an assault charge after an incident with her former partner, Lewis Burton. She was probably best known for her roles on Love Island and the X-factor. Read more

    • 9 November 2020

      The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney – not just for later life!

      Kate Garraway recently spoke out about the financial difficulties she is facing since her husband, Derek Draper, fell into a Covid-19 related coma. Read more

    • 24 October 2020

      Contesting a Will: Q&A

      Unfortunately, the death of a person can lead to disputes over his or her Will or estate. Whatever the size of the estate, there is always the possibility of complex, emotional and drawn-out disputes regarding contesting a Will.  Read more

    • 19 October 2020

      Coronavirus: Rise in contested probate?

      In 2019 the Business and Property Court in London saw an all time high in the number of contested probate cases with the amount being almost double the number of cases in 2016. Whilst the latest figures for the second quarter of 2020 (April – June) show a decrease in the number of cases from the first quarter (88, down from 116) it is expected that following the Coronavirus pandemic this number is likely to increase again. ** Read more

    • 21 September 2020

      World Alzheimer’s Month: Let’s talk about Dementia

      World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21st September, and is part of World Alzheimer’s Month. This year the aim is to raise awareness, educate and encourage support to those who have been diagnosed with dementia and urge everyone to join in the conversation by becoming a Dementia Friend. Read more

    • 15 September 2020

      Virtual Will Signing – Q&A

      In the early stages of the coronavirus, Private Client solicitors in the legal profession reported an increase in demand for Will instructions as individuals and families rushed to update their Will or considered making one for the first time. Read more

    • 10 August 2020

      What is a Deed of Variation and when might you need one?

      A Deed of Variation is a document that changes the distribution of a deceased person’s estate. It allows a beneficiary to alter what they are entitled to receive under the terms of the deceased’s Will or under the intestacy provisions. A Deed of Variation allows the beneficiary to choose who they would like to redirect the estate to. The recipient does not need to be named in the Will or entitled to benefit from the estate under the intestacy provisions. Read more

    • 3 July 2020

      Lockdown Diaries: Wills, trusts, and tax – a ‘new normal’

      Our private client team has had to adapt to a new way of working during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that we are able to fulfil client expectations and complete the work within the law society regulations. Read more

    • 25 June 2020

      Lockdown Diaries: Qualifying as a Solicitor during lockdown.

      In our latest Lawyer lockdown diary, we talk to Katherine Bearman a newly qualified solicitor from our Wills, Trusts and Probate team. Read more

    • 8 June 2020

      Lockdown Diaries: personal development and a new way of working

      In the first of our series of Lawyer lockdown diaries, Amy Taylor principal Solicitor from our Private Client team reviews what the 12 weeks of working in lockdown has meant to her and her clients. Read more