Category: Wills, Trusts & Probate

 

Property & Finance Attorney under Lasting Power of Attorney

How do I act for a relative who is self-isolating?

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Disinheritance – be careful of cutting people out of your Will

The recent case of Colin Johnston v Lady Natalie Wackett has acted as a reminder of how the funds within an estate can be diminished when a claim is made against it. Not just by the decision made by a court judge but also with the costs and time in progressing such a claim.

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PPI claims for deceased relations

Did you know that the latest date to submit a PPI claim is the 29th August 2019? This cut-off date also applies to claims for deceased relations.

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Delays to grant of probate applications

Probate registries across England and Wales are currently experiencing long delays to obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration following rollout of new software.

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Estate planning when you don’t have children

We often talk about the importance of making a Will and planning for the future when you have children, but if you don’t have children it is equally important to ensure your affairs are in order should something happen to you. Some people may believe this is only important if you are wealthy, but everyone should have an estate plan, and here are some of the things you might want to consider.

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Should I make a Business Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

What is an LPA?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the legal document which enables you to nominate one or more trusted people (attorney/s) to make important decisions on your behalf should you become mentally or physically incapable of doing so. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, one for Property and Financial Affairs, and one for Health and Welfare. For more information on Lasting Powers of Attorney generally, please click here.

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Should I make a Will after I have had a baby?

You've bought the crib, you've decorated the nursery, you've chosen baby names. It's an exciting time when you have a baby on the way and there is a huge amount to think about. But have you thought about making a Will? Nearly two thirds of adults don't have a Will in place, but if you've had a baby, it is one of the most important things you can do.

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Where can you be buried or scattered after your death?

Our final journey is one we all make alone, but it’s up to every individual to make sure those left behind are fully aware of the last wishes of the deceased. That includes how to deal with the body, whether that means cremation or burial.

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Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Controversial court fees, branded a ‘stealth tax’ on bereaved families, are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before costs soar by thousands of pounds.

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LPAs – Online applications still need guidance

While the number of people taking advantage of a simplified online process to make a Lasting Power of Attorney is on the increase, so are the reports of abuse by attorneys. In this article, Hayley Beeching explains how and why it is important to get guidance and have safeguards in place when permitting others to manage your affairs.

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