Category Archive: Wills

Making a Will? The formalities are strict so always consult a Lawyer first!

The formalities that must be met when making a will are strict and failing to adhere to them to the letter can result in your wishes being frustrated after your death. That is exactly what happened in one case in which a generous mother’s final will was declared invalid by the High Court. What happened?…

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The importance of making a Will Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about the misconception that Wills are only for older people. Janine Guthrie from our Private Client department was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below: At what point in their life can someone make a will? And at…

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Seeking professional advice when drafting a Will is key.

Making a will without professional advice is a positive invitation to dispute after you are gone. That was certainly so in the case of a vulnerable alcoholic who had a pint of beer in front of him when he signed will forms in a pub, leaving everything he owned to a taxi driver who had…

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Making a will for those with no family Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about how you can write a Will if you have no family relationships. Courtney Rooney and Janine Guthrie from our Private Client department were on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below: For someone who has no living relatives…

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Being an Executor of a Will Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about being named as an Executor and the role of an Executor entails. Our Chartered Legal Executive, Janine Guthrie, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below. What are the key things to think about if you’ve been…

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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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