Category Archive: Probate

Probate pitfalls to avoid in estate administration

After someone dies, their affairs need to be wound up and their estate distributed to the beneficiaries entitled to inherit. This can often be time-consuming and complex. The person administering a will, known as the executor, has a duty to the estate to deal with the administration promptly and ensure that all of the liabilities…

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Enduring Powers of Attorney – Why it is so important for an Attorney to keep records and document all decisions.

An application was made to the Court of Protection for retrospective approval of gifts and payments for voluntary care by the attorney under an enduring Power of Attorney. The incapacitated person at the time of the application was 95 years old and suffering from advanced dementia and was living in a residential home. The applicant…

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Breaking News: Probate fee increases to be scrapped

The controversial plans to increase probate fees are to be scrapped as there is not enough time to implement the legislation before the upcoming General Election. The fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May 2017 although an exact date…

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Lawyer Janine Guthrie returns to her Gloucester roots

Lawyer Janine Guthrie has returned to her Gloucestershire roots after working with a top Legal 100 law firm in London. Janine says she is delighted to have joined Gloucester law firm Tayntons as a Chartered Legal Executive and is now living in Hucclecote where she grew up. After attending Ribston Hall High School for Girls,…

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