Can I Still Make A Will Whilst In Lockdown?
Many essential services have struggled in recent weeks as traditional ways of working become increasingly difficult. Social distancing measures introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have hindered the way professionals are able to facilitate the increased demand for Wills….
How to get a house and its contents valued for probate?
How to calculate the value of a property and its contents for probate Probate is the legal process where you manage a deceased person’s possessions and allocate their money, assets and belongings once they have passed away – this is…
What happens if I do not apply for probate?
When a person dies, probate is the process of administering their estate by organising their assets, money and possessions and then distributing them as per the terms of a will or in line with the rules of intestacy. To be…
What happens if you can’t find a Will after someone dies?
Dealing with the administration of someone’s estate can be easier if they have left a Will. It can also help avoid disagreements between family members. But it is not always easy to find important documents after a death. If a…
Can you cut your spouse out of your Will?
While you have the right to leave your money and possessions to whoever you choose, there is a possibility that some close family members could challenge your Will after your death if they have been left out. The right of…
Protecting your assets with a Life Interest Trust
Leaving someone a life interest in your Will means they will have the benefit of the asset, for example a property, for the rest of their life following which it will pass to a beneficiary chosen by you. There may…
Who can write my Will for me if I am not able?
The appointment of an attorney can help you deal with your affairs once you are no longer able. But they are not allowed to write a Will on your behalf. By appointing an Attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney…
Can anyone see the contents of a Will?
When someone dies, often loved ones would like to see the document that they have left outlining their wishes and stating who is to benefit from their estate. We look at who is entitled to see the contents of a…
Review your Inheritance Tax situation in 2020
Inheritance Tax (IHT) can be a nasty surprise during the administration of a Will. New Year is the ideal time to check that you’ve done all you can to minimise the burden. Increasing property prices has had the effect of…
Writing a Will that is future proof
Over time, changes in circumstances can mean that a Will becomes out of date and doesn’t accurately reflect your wishes. We look at how to ensure your Will can cope with changes. It is a good idea to make a…