Category Archive: Wills

Marriage & Your Will Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat yesterday on Twitter answering questions about Marriage & Your Will. Our Chartered Legal Executive, Janine Guthrie, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below. 1. How does getting married or entering into a civil partnership affect your will? It revokes your Will…

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Business Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you are the owner, co-owner or major shareholder of a business and you lose the mental capacity to make key business decisions, this can affect the business’s ability to operate and your financial interests. A Business Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to nominate a trusted person to make these decisions for you, so…

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This is why you should get Solicitors to draft and securely store your Will

Engaging Solicitors to both draft your Will and store it safely until it is needed really is the only sensible course to take. In a case where such wisdom did not prevail, the High Court had to decide whether a missing Will had been deliberately destroyed, mislaid or dishonesty removed. After a homeowner’s death the…

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Why do you need a solicitor for probate?

This is a question people sometimes ask: after all, you can theoretically administer an estate yourself, so why pay a solicitor to help you? The reality is that, whilst sometimes probates can be relatively easy to deal with, even with straightforward estates there are plenty of challenging issues that can arise and things that can…

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Court of Protection workload is on the rise!

The latest statistics show that the Court of Protection’s workload is growing at a rapid pace.  There were 38,945 orders made under the Mental Capacity Act in 2017 which was an increase of nearly 50% in 2016. Over a third (40%) of the orders made related to the appointment of a deputy for property and affairs. The…

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Accountant Forged Mother’s Will is Jailed for Contempt of Court

As any lawyer will tell you, the consequences of lying under oath in court can be very serious indeed. In one case, an accountant who forged his dead mother’s will in an attempt to get his hands on her stake in the family’s £160 million business had his reputation ruined and was sentenced to 12…

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Why you should make a Will

Why you should make a Will Over two thirds of the population haven’t made a Will. We highlight 10 reasons why you should make a Will. Our 10 Top reasons why you should make a Will  You get to decide what happens to your assets on your death. Without a Will, your estate will pass in…

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Inheritance Tax allowances are rising – but not for everyone.

For deaths on or after 6th April 2017 an additional Inheritance Tax (IHT) allowance, called the Residence nil-rate band (RNRB) may be claimed to reduce any IHT payable. Currently a deceased estate can pass up to £325,000 to any beneficiaries before IHT becomes payable. This is the nil-rate band (NRB).  Gifts to spouses or civil…

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Challenges To Your Will – Recent Case Law

Under English law, you can leave your estate to whoever you wish. However this has been challenged in the recent case of Ilott v. Mitson which has recently featured in the newspapers following a judgment on Monday 27th July 2015. The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 sets out several different categories of…

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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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