10.08.16

A Digital Death

The internet has grown fast over the past two decades – nearly as fast as those pesky Pokémon pop up – and unsurprisingly the law has struggled to keep pace with all the challenges this creates. In the pre-internet age, … Find out more »

11.07.16

Increase in Probate Fees

With all the news surrounding Brexit you may have not read that the government is proposing a new tiered system of probate fees in England and Wales, based on the value of the deceased’s estate, rather than the current flat … Find out more »

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A Digital Death

The internet has grown fast over the past two decades – nearly as fast as those pesky Pokémon pop up – and unsurprisingly the law has struggled to keep pace with all the challenges this creates. In the pre-internet age, … Find out more »

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Increase in Probate Fees

With all the news surrounding Brexit you may have not read that the government is proposing a new tiered system of probate fees in England and Wales, based on the value of the deceased’s estate, rather than the current flat … Find out more »

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When all around are losing their heads…

Whether you were for “out” or for “in”, the vote for Brexit has certainly stirred up a torrent of uncertainty in the world.  Not only has Britain become divided and Europe shocked, even the South Korean Government and their stock … Find out more »

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Local Citizens advice offices report increase in queries on intestate wills

The Citizens Advice Bureau have reported that the number of queries on intestate wills – which is the term for those of us who die without making a will – has doubled in number over the last 5 years. The … Find out more »

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Change of the Law in Inheritance Tax ..

A change in the law around Inheritance Tax is a timely reminder to people – and their professional advisers – about the importance of reviewing their affairs regularly. Inheritance tax is always a tricky issue and now people are being … Find out more »

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Probate Court Fees

Beneficiaries of estates worth more than £2 million could be hit with a rise in probate fees from £215 to £20,000 in a move to shift the burden from the middle classes to “the very wealthiest”. In plans aimed at … Find out more »

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Banks to raise limits on how much cash can be released without probate

Britain’s biggest banks are increasing the amount of money they will release from customers’ accounts to bereaved relatives without them first having to apply for probate. When someone dies, banks and building societies will typically freeze their accounts until the … Find out more »

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Facebook lets users appoint ‘heir’ to manage account when they die

Facebook is rolling out its “Legacy contacts” feature in the UK, allowing users to appoint an “online executor” of their profile to decide what happens to it after  they die. The legacy contact will be able to administer the page … Find out more »

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Woman rejected by mother in will wins £164k inheritance

A Hertfordshire woman cut out of her mother’s will has been awarded a £164,000 inheritance in what could prove to be a landmark ruling. Heather Ilott, of Ware, went to court after her mother Melita Jackson left her £486,000 estate … Find out more »

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Women losing the Tax-planning battle

Women lag far behind men when it comes to reducing the amount of tax they pay each year, with just 1 in 15 women taking action to reduce their tax bill compared to 1 in 5 men. Research from Prudential … Find out more »

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