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    News Category: Contentious probate

    • 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

    • 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

    • 2 April 2020

      Coronavirus: Wills and Probate Frequently Asked Questions

      During these uncertain times of Covid-19, many people are wondering how they can make a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney. Read more

    • 11 December 2018

      The pitfalls of dealing with complex estates as a lay executor

      Karen Bacon explains just a few of the tricky issues that probate presents that can mean It’s far from a DIY matter. Read more

    • 25 July 2018

      Q: I’ve got my own business as a sole trader – why would I need a Will?

      A: Even if your business is unlikely to continue in the event of your death, because it relies on your personal skills and expertise, chances are that you will still need Business Executors if you are still trading when you die. Read more

    • 18 October 2017

      Inheritance Tax – Passing on your wealth

      Death duty has been payable, in one form or another, for over 300 years but until comparatively recently, it was only of concern to the wealthiest in society. For example, following the introduction of estate duty in 1894 (the forerunner of the current inheritance tax), many landed estates were broken up, as landowners could not afford to pay the tax. Read more

    • 10 November 2016

      “Cremation or burial? Who decides?”

      On 2 November, the Catholic Church remembered and prayed for the dead on All Souls’ Day. Read more

    • 15 March 2016

      Cutting family ties: Ilott v Mitson

      We are often asked to prepare Wills by clients who do not wish their children to benefit from their death. This can be for a variety of reasons but it is usually because they have either fallen out, or have been estranged for some time. Read more

    • 12 May 2014

      Steeles Law calls on community to talk about dying

      Steeles Law is a supporter of Dying Matters Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014), which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.  Read more