Category Archive: Wills

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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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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Making a Will

Making a Will involves considering all sorts of important questions: what do you own that would need to be dealt with when you are gone? Who are the people in your life who will need help and support? These are questions lots of people prefer not to think about, but with the right sensitive advice…

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Inheritance disputes & contentious probate

Disputes over an inheritance, the contents of a Will or any part of the probate process can be particularly challenging to resolve, with the potential to cause long-term damage to important family relationships. Having the right legal advice and support from the outset is therefore essential. Tayntons’ inheritance disputes and contentious probate solicitors, based in…

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Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

How would your affairs be managed if you lost the mental capacity to make key decisions about your health, welfare and financial issues? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate a trusted person to make these decisions for you, ensuring your interests are protected no matter what the future brings. Tayntons’ Lasting…

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Last will and testament

Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney

If you do not have an up-to-date Will, there is no guarantee your wishes will be respected when you pass away or that your loved ones will be adequately taken care of. You also risk leaving your family with a difficult process to sort out, potentially making an already challenging time even harder. Tayntons’ Wills…

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