• Helping Your Executors

    Posted: January 2, 2019

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    Being an executor is a demanding job at the best of times and a task that is made all the more difficult when the deceased has not given proper thought...

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  • How do I Leave Money to Charity in My Will?

    Posted: January 2, 2019

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    It’s easy to include a charity in your will, but you should always consult your solicitor before you write or change your will  to be sure it reflects your exact...

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  • A recent survey has shown that more than one in ten people who are thought to have died intestate (i.e. without leaving a will) may actually have made a will...

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  • Cohabitees and Death – Who Can Claim?

    Posted: March 16, 2018

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    When one member of a cohabiting couple dies, it can come as an unpleasant surprise to the bereaved partner to discover that not all of their late partner’s estate will...

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  • Asset Valuation Problems – Chattels

    Posted: August 15, 2017

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    When dealing with an estate, an increasing problem for executors is the valuation of assets in the form of the chattels of the deceased. In probate terminology, chattels are the...

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  • Heir Hunters – Take Advice!

    Posted: August 15, 2017

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    Until the recent publicity afforded by television shows on the subject, many people might not have realised that ‘heir tracing’ companies exist, let alone that they research ‘promising’ estates by...

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  • Estates – What Happens if Values Fall?

    Posted: August 15, 2017

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    One of the biggest problems now facing executors is that assets can fall in value as well as increase, which can mean that the value of an estate for Inheritance...

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  • Making Your Will – Guidance

    Posted: August 15, 2017

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    It is easy to keep putting off making a will. However, having a valid will is the only way to guarantee that your estate goes to who you want it...

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  • What Happens on Intestacy?

    Posted: March 22, 2015

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    The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act came into force in late 2014. It changes intestacy law in England and Wales to allow a deceased’s estate to pass to their widow,...

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  • What is a Trust?

    Posted: August 27, 2009

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    A trust comes into effect when a ‘settlor’ places money, land or other assets in the hands of trustees. The trustees are the legal owners of the property but are...

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