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Widow seeks to avoid £300,000 Inheritance Tax Bill

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Widow seeks to avoid £300,000 inheritance tax bill due on a gift made by her late husband because the gift was made before they were married The widow of one of the heirs to the JD Sports fortune is applying to the Court to rescind the gift of half...

FAQs about the effect of Coronavirus on Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney Part 2

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Steps are being taken to ease lockdown restrictions; however, life is still a long way from being back to normal. Following our article in May when we discussed Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney under lockdown, this article looks in more detail at the...

FAQs about the effect of Coronavirus on Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney

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In these unprecedented times, it seems that the one thing we can be certain of, is uncertainty. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives over the past weeks and months in a way that would not have seemed possible just 6 months ago. In this...

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...