Wills And Probate Articles
With nearly 60% of all adults not making a Will, Lawson-West describes WHEN to make your Will, WHY it's important and the REASONS WHY people don't.
A report has been published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Inheritance and Intergenerational Fairness (APPG IIF) recommending the abolition of inheritance tax (IHT) in its current form.
Recent news: Lynda Rickard and her husband starved their victim, James “Anthony” Sootheran to death so that they were able to benefit from his Will, which they themselves had forged to include themselves.
You missed Will Aid month, but you can donate to charity in your Will
Delays to Probate should be over by Christmas say Probate Registry
Solicitor, Ruth Jewell, outlines the main points of interest for Executors and Trustees of Estates when a contentious probate claim has been made against an Estate
IHT is the tax applied to a person’s estate (their money, properties and possessions) after they have died.
A Beginner's Guide to Attorneyship - Everything you need to know if you are appointed as a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).
The common understanding of a Will is a document that leaves your property and money to others when you die, but it actually does much more than that.
Lawyers Vicky Jones and Christian Jenkins support local Leicestershire charity LOROS at the Market Harborough Innovation Centre
A recent article in the Times newspaper stated that five prosecutions a week are being brought due to alleged abuse through a Lasting Power of Attorney. They also quoted a figure of over 2,000 cases a year being investigated. But although this sounds high, it is suspected that 1 in 6 Lasting Powers of Attorney will be abused.
A landmark ruling in a contentious probate case has recently been reported upon by Gordon Exall, Barrister, Zenith Chambers, Leeds & Hardwicke, London. The case, in which a ‘limitation amnesty’ was agreed between parties in reference to a claim that the monies left on trust by her late husband, were not sufficient to meet her needs, has hit the legal press following a statement in the ruling by Mr. Justice Mostyn.
On the 6th November 2018, the government reintroduced the idea of a “banded” probate court fee; charging those with a lower estate value a lower amount than those with a higher estate value. The date for these increases was announced as the 1st April 2019, and those of us making applications were working harder than ever to ensure applications were in before this date.
The new year is full of resolutions and everyone is keen to get themselves organised and cross off jobs they have been putting off. An important one that doesn't take a lot of effort and is extremely worthwhile going is getting your will written if it isn’t already.