Category: Wills, Trusts & Probate

 

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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Disinheritance – a quick guide to cutting someone out of your will

The message is slowly starting to get through to the public – making a will is an important life decision that could save your relatives a great deal of heartache once you’ve gone. You can express your wishes, designate who gets what, and that’s the end of it.

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New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

By 2025 more than 13 million people at risk of mental incapacity will be leaving medical and care preferences to chance, reveals a new report from SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) and independent think tank, Centre for Future Studies, exposing a looming healthcare crisis across the UK.

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What is an Executor?

If you have been asked to be, or considering making someone an ‘executor’, this refers to the role of representing someone after they have passed away.

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