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    News Category: Wills, probate and tax

    • 6 October 2021

      Prince Phillip’s Will to be kept Private – Can I do the same with mine?  

      Prince Phillip, the late husband of the Queen, passed away earlier this year. The High Court has now ruled that his Will is to remain private for at least 90 years to provide the Queen "dignity and standing". Read more

    • 13 August 2021

      Wills and Shared Assets Q&A

      It is essential to have a Will for several reasons and in particular because you can ensure your interests are protected. Read more

    • 12 July 2021

      Contested Probate cases continue to rise, but at what cost?

      Families are prepared to contest Wills despite the initial outlay in expenses, with over a quarter of Brits being ready to challenge a loved ones will, if they were unhappy with the contents. Read more

    • 11 June 2021

      How do I leave a legacy in my Will?

      Many families leave legacies to charity in their Wills and there are many reasons for this. Perhaps a charity that has supported a loved one, a community charity close to their hearts or couples that have no immediate family they wish to leave their estates to. Read more

    • 13 May 2021

      Dying Matters Awareness Week

      This week has marked ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’.  The campaign encourages organisations, individuals, and partners to open the conversation around dying, death and bereavement.  The Covid pandemic prompted many families to discuss their later life plans, to ensure that loved ones would be looked after when they die, however, research from the Law Society found that just 29% of those surveyed had an up-to-date Will. Read more

    • 4 May 2021

      Advising Private Clients – What does the future hold? 

      The last year has seen big changes for Private Client lawyers. It has seen a shift away from the more traditional approach of meeting with clients at offices and more towards embracing the 21st century and utilising technology, not only to provide a better client service but to assist Private Client lawyers in their day-to-day work. Read more

    • 28 April 2021

      Court of protection: What happens if you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney?

      While the Pandemic prompted an increase in demand with families prioritising making or updating their Will, it seems that the Lasting Power of Attorney document is still under valued when ensuring our estates and affairs can be handled if we were unable to do so.  Today’s Wills and Probate publication recently highlighted a significant drop in the number of Lasting Powers of Attorneys registered during the Pandemic. Read more

    • 20 April 2021

      Disputing a Will: Q&A

      Unfortunately, the death of a person can lead to disputes over his or her Will or estate.  In our latest article, we review the process when disputing a Will and answer frequently asked questions. Read more

    • 16 April 2021

      Carole Baskin and the forged Will

      The “Tiger King”, aka Joe Exotic, hit our screens once in a new feature length film by documentary maker, Louis Theroux. Louis first interviewed Joe back in 2011, when he made a series about America’s most dangerous pets. In the new documentary, he returns to Oklahoma to explore what has happened since his last visit. Read more

    • 9 April 2021

      Contested Probate and the Forfeiture Rule

      Like me, many of you will have been turning to video streaming services in your spare time during lockdown 3.0. This weekend, I watched White House Farm on Netflix which was originally broadcast on ITV. It’s safe to say, I was hooked from the first episode and I am not ashamed to admit, I watched the full series over the course of the weekend. So, you are probably thinking, why is a solicitor writing about what she has been watching at the weekend? Read more