Trusts, Wills and Probate Articles

Cohabitees and Death – Who Can Claim?March 5, 2017

When one member of a cohabiting couple dies, it can come as an unpleasant surprise to the bereaved partner to discover that not all of...

Out-Of-Date Family Trust Varied to Recognise Same-Sex SpousesSeptember 18, 2016

Family trusts often date back many years, and those who drafted them could not have been expected to foresee all the dramatic social changes that...

Administering Estates – Procedures and PitfallsSeptember 18, 2016

A recent survey has shown that more than one in ten people who are thought to have died intestate (i.e. without leaving a will) may...

Asset Valuation Problems – ChattelsApril 3, 2016

When dealing with an estate, an increasing problem for executors is the valuation of assets in the form of the chattels of the deceased. In...

Mother’s Will Overridden by CourtJuly 28, 2015

A surprising decision by the Court of Appeal to award a daughter who had been deliberately excluded from her mother's will a substantial settlement from...

Making Your Will – GuidanceJuly 9, 2015

It is easy to keep putting off making a will. However, having a valid will is the only way to guarantee that your estate goes...

Helping Your ExecutorsMarch 22, 2015

Being an executor is a demanding job at the best of times and a task that is made all the more difficult when the deceased...

How do I Leave Money to Charity in My Will?March 22, 2015

It's easy to include a charity in your will, but you should always consult your solicitor before you write or change your will  to be...

What Happens on Intestacy?March 22, 2015

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act came into force in late 2014. It changes intestacy law in England and Wales to allow a deceased's estate...

County Council Wrests Control of Dementia Sufferer’s EstateDecember 4, 2013

When a person loses their ability to function intellectually, dealing with their affairs can be extremely difficult unless there is a power of attorney in...

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