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

Take Care When Appointing a Non-Lawyer as Your ExecutorDecember 15, 2017

When you appoint a solicitor to be the executor of your will, you can be assured that they will understand their duties and can be...

Ignoring Advice Not Path to SuccessNovember 15, 2017

There really is little point in instructing lawyers to represent you if you do not then listen to their advice. In one case which illustrates...

High Court Dementia Ruling – Judge Acts to Protect WidowSeptember 11, 2017

Amidst an ageing population, the role of judges in protecting the weak, vulnerable and infirm is of ever increasing importance. In one case that proves...

Court Rejects Will in a Crisp PacketAugust 3, 2017

Unfulfilled hopes of substantial inheritance are commonplace, both in fact and fiction, but not often do they lead to such ham-fisted attempts at forgery as...

Managing the Affairs of Missing People Law PassedJuly 20, 2017

With the general election hogging the headlines, the passing of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, went...

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