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Pushing back on Contested Wills

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Inheritance disputes may have risen in response to soaring property prices, second marriages and blended families, with relatives more likely to feel they are missing out, but the courts are pushing back on frivolous claims and obstructive family...

Win for Unsung Hero at the Probate Research Awards

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An absolutely huge congratulations to Debbie Webster from our Gravesend Private Client team for winning the 'Unsung Hero Award' at last nights UK Probate Research Awards 2022 in London. What a fantastic achievement and so well deserved. Well done...

Gifting and inheritance tax: Explained

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As part of inheritance tax planning, or simply as part of passing on wealth to the next generation, you may consider gifting money or property to family or friends. However, there are several things you need to know about gifting and inheritance tax. In this...

Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

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If you are thinking about writing a will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own will. However, there are...

Is Your New Year's Resolution to Put an LPA in Place?

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Professionals working with the elderly and vulnerable are raising concerns over future safeguarding following a dramatic fall in the number of lasting powers of attorneys registered during the coronavirus pandemic. Figures from the Office of the Public...

Leaving gifts to charity in your will

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The International Day of Charity takes place annually on 5 September, but did you know that one of the best ways to support a charity is to leave them a gift in your will? Many charities in the UK rely on donations left by their supporters, and any gift you...

Talk Money Week: Talking to your family about your wishes for the future

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Nobody likes to think about a time when they are no longer around and talking to loved ones about what you would like to happen after you pass away may seem morbid or unnecessary. However, talking about financial and practical matters can help put your mind...

Could Lasting Power of Attorneys go digital?

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A more straightforward digital system to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could come into play, but experts say that it is vital that sufficient safeguards are in place to protect elderly and vulnerable people from abuse. In this article, we look at...

What happens to debt after someone dies?

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When someone you love has passed away, the last thing you will be thinking about is debt. However, there are many misconceptions about debt and inheritance, and it is essential to understand the position. Many people believe that when a person dies, the...

Inheritance tax threshold frozen until 2026 - but why is IHT planning still important?

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If you intend to leave savings, property or other assets to family or friends after you die, you need to consider inheritance tax (IHT). It could cost your heirs up to 40% of their inheritance. By planning ahead, you can minimise IHT and ensure as much of...

How do you include your favourite charity in your will?

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It seems that people in the UK are a charitable bunch. In fact, last year, just under £3 billion was donated to charity in wills, which is expected to rise to £3.4 billion by 2022. This figure means that 3.5% of all of the money left in estates...

Power of Attorney & protecting the rights of people with dementia

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Dementia Action Week runs 17th - 23rd May 2021 and is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. When a person receives a dementia diagnosis, this doesn’t automatically...

Why cohabiting couples must consider estate planning

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Millions of couples across the UK are choosing to forego marriage and live as cohabitees. However, without proper estate planning, they could be putting their finances at risk. Unlike their married counterparts, unmarried couples have no automatic right to...

A fifth of parents give early inheritance to avoid tax

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Recent research has revealed that one fifth of parents have transferred assets to their children to lessen the amount of inheritance tax payable on their estates. Direct Line’s research revealed this amounted to more than 6.9 million parents and the...

Unmarried Couples, Children From Previous Relationships And Lack Of Planning For The Inevitable - What Finding Alice teaches us

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ITV’s new Sunday night drama, Finding Alice, may appear far-fetched, but it highlights a number of themes we, at Martin Tolhurst, frequently encounter. Harry, the 48 year old property developer, has died unexpectedly. His family, while attempting to...

Changing a will after someone has died: it is possible and it could save you money

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Sometimes the generosity of a friend or relative leaving you a gift in their will can backfire if it turns out your estate will need to pay tax on it or if there is a chance that it could be swallowed up in future care costs or in...

New year, new you?

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There is no denying that 2020 is a year which will go down in history - for many reasons. The global pandemic, Brexit, and the fallout from these events has had a significant impact on many areas of our lives. These events may have far-reaching implications...

Mantain Social Distancing Whilst Creating a Will

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Writing a Will at the moment comes with some extra complications, as the social distancing measures in place could make it harder to get a solicitor or to find someone to witness your Will. Experts are warning against self-directed videos following...

A Beginner's Guide to the End

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What’s one of the best things you can do for your loved ones, apart from caring for them well in this life? Sort out your paperwork before you die. Yes, that’s right. Imagine if you hold lots of accounts online where you receive payments for...

A simple guide to Power of Attorney

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When to hand over power of attorney – a gentle guide for dementia sufferers and their family For years, the worry of cancer was one of the UK’s biggest health concerns. Now, another devastating disease has taken its place at the top of the...

Heir Hunters - Don't let the state get your estate!

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Every year, thousands of people die intestate or without a will. That means they haven’t left any clear guidelines as to how they want their estate divided up among their beneficiaries. The numbers are incredible too, with around 70% of the UK...

Avoiding inheritance disputes landing in court

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High profile inheritance disputes follow celebrities and the super-rich as surely as night follows day, but such challenges are becoming increasingly common, whatever the values involved. Some of the names to have made headlines include the...

Cutting someone out of your will

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Making will is an important life decision that could save your relatives a great deal of heartache once you’ve gone. You can express your wishes, designate who gets what, and that’s the end of it. Or is it? Law firm Nockolds reported that...

Who is entitled to an unclaimed estate?

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First, what is an unclaimed estate? An unclaimed estate or unclaimed inheritance occurs when someone dies intestate, i.e. without leaving a will. It may also happen when an old will is in place and the person’s intended beneficiaries died. The general...

No will, no way!

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If you die without a will, who inherits your estate? Well let’s start with what intestacy is. The rules of the intestacy are the laws that determine who will inherit the estate of someone who dies without leaving a...

Estates legal fees!

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In November 2017, the Money section of The Times published an article about Maria Hillman and Paul Cutler who found that their father’s £300,000 estate suffered more than £100,000 in legal fees by the firm of solicitors who administered the...

Top 10 Last Minute Inheritance Tax Planning Tips

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Ten important items for you to consider before 6 April to reduce inheritance tax on your estate. Tax planning is an important part of your annual spring cleaning. If you want to take advantage of the allowances available to you this...

Reduce the chance of a successful claim against your estate

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Paul Rothwell, Wills and Probate Solicitor in our Gravesend based Wills and Probate department comments on the recent case of Nahajec v Fowle. Recently there have been a couple of cases heard in court about estranged children successfully making claims...