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What is Probate?

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When a friend of family member passes away, people often discuss whether an estate will ‘need to go to probate’, although many people are unclear exactly what this means. A Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration if a person dies without...

Probate Fees: What do you need to know?

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In November 2018, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Lucy Frazer QC MP confirmed that new legislation is before Parliament to implement a new structure of fees for a grant of representation (usually called a Grant of Probate). The current...

The Perils of DIY Wills

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These days it is possible to buy a do-it-yourself Will kit online or in a stationery shop for as little as £10, making the option seem cheaper and potentially faster and simpler than using a solicitor to prepare your Will for you. But do these kits...

Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Risk or an Insurance Policy?

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Lasting Powers of Attorney have existed since 2007 and allow people to appoint up to 4 people to act as their ‘Attorneys’. These Attorneys would step in and manage their affairs for them in relation to either their Property and Finance or their...