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News Category: Wills, probate and tax

  • 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

  • 18 May 2020

    Q&A: Making a Will in a pandemic

    When considering any form of later life planning making or updating a Will is something we advise all our clients to consider. In these unusual times private client lawyers have seen a rise in Will instructions, it is very likely that while in stable times it is a ‘job’ that is low on the ‘to do’ list, illness or change of circumstances has brought the topic back to the forefront of our minds. Read more

  • 15 May 2020

    End of life wishes

    Whilst many of us know the importance of having a Will in place, many do not think about making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), which is equally as important as a Will, particularly if you have specific wishes about end of life treatment. Read more

  • 14 May 2020

    Can I make a Lasting Powers of Attorney if I have Dementia?

    This week, 11th – 17th May, would have been Dementia Action week, a week where companies and charities come together to raise awareness of the disease and support people living with dementia, unfortunately in light of the current Coronavirus crisis the Alzheimer’s Society has postponed until later in the year. Read more

  • 11 May 2020

    Dying Matters Awareness Week

    Today is the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week and the aim is to raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. Read more

  • 24 April 2020

    The Coronavirus Act 2020 – impact on registration of deaths

    Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, deaths had to be registered in person at the local Register Office and the person (the informant) registering the death must have signed the certificate in the presence of the Registrar. However, with the current lockdown measures in place and registration offices now closed to the public until further notice, this is no longer possible. Read more