Trusts, Wills and Probate Articles

What is a Trust?

A trust comes into effect when a ‘settlor’ places money, land or other assets in the hands of trustees. The trustees are the legal owners...

Estates – What Happens if Values Fall?

One of the biggest problems now facing executors is that as the recession progresses, most assets, other than cash, are falling in value, which can...

Heir Hunters – Take Advice!

Until the recent publicity afforded by television shows on the subject, many people might not have realised that ‘heir tracing’ companies exist, let alone that...

CGT and Shares in Estates Valuation Trap

In the UK, there are quite generous exemptions from Inheritance Tax (IHT) which apply to business assets. One problem with making use of such exemptions...

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

In October 2007 there was a fundamental change on the way in the way powers of attorney are created and the powers that they can...

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Trusts, Wills and Probate News

Cocktail of Drugs Not Sufficient to Overturn WillJune 4, 2017

Disputes about the validity of wills frequently centre on allegations that the deceased lacked 'mental capacity' when they created a will. In a recent case, the...

Assets of Elderly Are Target of WrongdoersMay 14, 2017

Where there is money, there is opportunity for wrongdoing and a steady stream of cases show that vigilance is needed to prevent the assets of...

Assets of Elderly Are Target of WrongdoersMay 14, 2017

Where there is money, there is opportunity for wrongdoing and a steady stream of cases show that vigilance is needed to prevent the assets of...

Accountant Forged Mother’s $50 Million WillMay 1, 2017

Will disputes can be extremely bitter and the kind of skulduggery depicted in fiction sadly sometimes reflects reality. In one case, the High Court found...

Probate Charges Increase Likely to Be DelayedApril 25, 2017

The Government has acknowledged that the upcoming general election makes it unlikely that probate fees will increase significantly in May as planned, as there will...

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