News Practice: Wills. Probate and Powers of Attorney

Do I need Probate?

November 14, 2019

Unless you are dealing with the estate of a deceased British monarch, you may need to obtain Probate, whether or not the deceased left a valid Will.

How does Inheritance Tax work?

November 4, 2019

Our estate planning solicitors have created this article to guide you through the intricacies of inheritance tax, what it is and when you are expected to pay.

Government reverse decision for probate fee hike

October 18, 2019

The government has reversed its plans to change probate fees following a widespread backlash to the proposals.

Probate Court fees – where have we got to?

October 8, 2019

Earlier this year the Government revived its 2017 plan for an increase in probate application fees for estates in England and Wales. The new version imposes slightly less punitive charges than its previous incarnation which failed to pass through Parliament before the June 2017 general election.

Who is entitled to see a Will after death?

October 4, 2019

Subject to the circumstances described below, only the personal representatives appointed in a Will are legally entitled to see the will before the grant (also known as Probate) is issued.

How long does Probate take?

September 30, 2019

Well, more often than not, longer than you think. My advice to clients is that Probate can take anywhere between 6 and 12 months.

Who can Witness a Will?

September 25, 2019

It is very easy for Wills to be invalidated because of how they are executed (signed). The laws governing Will writing and what makes a Will valid under English and Welsh law are fairly old but still very much used today and there is a lot of case law which has developed this over the years.

A recent case in the law of proprietary estoppel

July 24, 2019

The law of proprietary estoppel remains a difficult are area of law, which continues to develop many years after it first evolved after the Second World War.

Probate – What do I do?

July 18, 2019

When a loved one passes away it can be an upsetting and stressful time. Many people are not sure what steps they need to take or what procedures or legal rules they need to follow particularly if they are named as executor in the will or if a will cannot be found and an intestacy situation arises.

Role of a Personal Representative

July 16, 2019

When a person dies, someone will need to deal with their affairs and administer their estate. That role is entrusted to a personal representative (more commonly referred to as an executor if the deceased left a valid Will).