Category: Wills & Probate

What is Probate?

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of settling the estate and affairs of a deceased individual. This typically requires the executor to notify the relevant authorities and organisations of the individual’s death, to settle any...

Contesting a Will

Contesting a Will

There’s a lot to consider before starting the legal process of contesting a will – without guarantees of a successful outcome. Questions to ask include: Will the costs incurred outweigh the potential financial gain?...

What is Power of Attorney

What is Power of Attorney

Lacking the ability to make decisions and losing your independence are difficult enough to contemplate either for yourself, close family or friends. What if someone else will be managing your affairs when you die...

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What are Letters of Administration?

To enable you to handle the financial affairs of a close relative following their death, you may need to apply for Letters of Administration. The Grant of Representation: Probate or Letters of Administration? A...

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What is an Executor of a Will?

An executor of a will is appointed to handle an individual’s estate after they die. The ‘estate’ covers all of the deceased’s assets or belongings – money, property, possessions, and even debts. When a...

dying intestate

Dying Intestate – What Does it Mean?

Dying intestate is when an individual dies without leaving a valid will in which they are then deemed to have died ‘intestate’. Their estate is therefore distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy....

how to make a will

How to Make a Will

The importance of and how to make a will Discussing what we would like to happen after we die is a conversation that most of us would rather defer. Yet making a will is...

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Intestacy – A Guide

If a person has died without leaving a valid will, they have died intestate. Their property (the estate) will need to be shared out according to certain rules, called the intestacy rules. The Administration...

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A Guide to Probate

Probate is the legal process of dealing with the estate of someone who has died. The term is used to describe both the grant of probate itself and the process involved in obtaining the...

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Dying Without a Will

Dying without a will is common. In the UK, approximately two thirds of all people who die don’t leave a will. This means they die intestate, and according to an article in the Guardian,...

Are DIY Wills a Good Idea?

Are DIY Wills a Good Idea?

Thinking about writing a will can be depressing, because no one wants to contemplate the day when they will pass away and leave behind their friends, family and children. However, it is very important...

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Will Writing Should be Regulated

All those offering will writing and estate administration services should be regulated, the Legal Services Board has  recommended. The LSB was set up to regulate lawyers in England and Wales. Its goal is to...

Leaving Money To Pets

Leaving Money To Pets

More Common Than You Might Think! So you read the news that Alexander McQueen left £50,000 to his pet dog and thought ‘only in the celebrity world’ – however leaving a cash inheritance to...