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Safe Witnessing of Will Signatures
Safe Witnessing of Will Signatures

The unprecedented times we currently live in has resulted in a surge of demand for Will writing. Results suggest the increase being around 76% higher as people are determined to plan their future and finances. The news everyday gives numbers of people that have sadly died combined with people possibly having more time due to being at home has meant…

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The Last Laugh
The Last Laugh

Sir Ken Dodd had the last laugh over the taxman by marrying his partner of 40 years two days before his death. Anne Jones would have had to pay more than £2 m inheritance tax on his £7.2 m fortune. Doddy, who died in March 2018 aged 90, tied the knot with Anne Jones to stop her having to pay…

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Should Will Law be brought into ‘Modern World’
Should Will Law be brought into ‘Modern World’

“The Law around Wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”,  a recent statement by the Law Commission for England and Wales, last week. The Law Commission, has recently criticised the way Wills have been written saying that the current rules were “unclear” and the wording of old fashioned terminology and language has left many of the population…

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Probate Disputes On The Rise
Probate Disputes On The Rise

Since 2019, there appears to be a rise in probate disputes being reported more frequently in the media. The question is Why is that? According to HM Courts and Tribunals Office, the reason for this increase is due to a number contributing of factors, these including:  Clients making DIY Wills, which are often full of errors and omissions, either using…

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What is Probate?
What is Probate?

One of the questions we are often asked is what is Probate and is it a requirement? Probate and Estate Administration is the legal process of proving a Will. This means that is accepted as the last Will and Testament by the Probate court.  Probate is the judicial process whereby a Will is “proved” in a court of law and…

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Why Should I Get a Will?
Why Should I Get a Will?

Despite this being an age of blended family relationships and complicated financial affairs, more than 31 million of the UK population don’t have a Will.  So why do so many people simply refuse to make one? You only have to open the papers to see the death of a celebrity, who has left their entire estate to their cleaner, or…

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Cohabiting Couple Families Continue to Grow
Cohabiting Couple Families Continue to Grow

The latest family and household figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the number of cohabiting couple families continues to grow. Between 2008 to 2019, there has been a 25.8% increase in families of this type. Cohabiting couple families are even growing faster than married couple and lone parent families. In 2018, there were 19.1 million…

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