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A Difficult Decision – Over 5 Million Anxious To Write Wills

Recent reports from Royal London have discovered over 5 million people in the UK do not know where to begin or what to consider when writing a Will. Financial issues cause this, along with confusion by the process and the struggle to come to terms with mortality and plan for this event. As a [...]

By |2018-12-14T14:25:52+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Probate Fees Set To Rise Dramatically; But You Can Avoid Them

According to a government announcement made on the 5th of November, Probate Fees are set to rise for families from April 2019. These new fees will be used by the government to fund the Courts and Tribunal system and they have argued that through increasing these fees, they will allow a fair and efficient court [...]

By |2018-11-19T15:22:24+00:00November 9th, 2018|

Over Half of UK Parents Have No Will, Study Shows

More than half of parents in the UK with children under 18 have not made a valid Will, a survey from Will Aid has revealed. The study found that 56% of parents have not prepared for their future by preparing a Will. This figure is up a further 2% from last year. Throughout the North [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:09+00:00October 19th, 2018|

Mac Miller’s Tragic Death Highlights Importance Of A Will

Mac Miller, the American Rapper who died of a suspected drug overdose on September 7th, has left his fortune to his family according to his Will. The Will named parents, Karen Meyer and Mark McCormack, along with his brother, Miller McCormack, as the main beneficiaries to his estate. They will inherit all assets, including his [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:22+00:00September 21st, 2018|

DIY Wills Are Causing Family Disputes

A recent report, carried out by Which?Legal, has found that DIY Wills are damaging to families. At a time when people making Wills is at a particular low point, the research has found that more people than ever are making DIY Wills. Astonishingly, 40% of the respondents, that had made a Will, confessed to using [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:30+00:00September 17th, 2018|

Beware Free Wills; Up To 1.5 Million Wills Needs Updating Urgently

When something is free it is usually because it’s not very good quality or because there is a hidden cost; whilst that might be a sweeping generalisation it is nonetheless especially true for Wills!  There is no need to panic, as it is very easy to correct if you have a free or cheap Will [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:36+00:00August 17th, 2018|

Looming UK Incapacity Crisis – Are You Prepared?

A recent report warns that the UK is facing an incapacity crisis; with the nation unprepared for end of life. According to Solicitors for the Elderly and the Centre for Future Studies, millions of Britons are leaving vital decisions about their care in the hands of strangers. The study highlights that a growing number of [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:46+00:00August 9th, 2018|

Inheritance Tax Paid At Record High After Latest Reports

The recent report published by the HMRC has disclosed that Inheritance Tax (IHT) has reached an all-time high of £5.2 billion. Our MD Paul Dodsworth, TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner) commented “That’s £5,200 Million paid in IHT that could have been avoided easily. It really upsets me when I see families losing some or all of their [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:30:53+00:00August 3rd, 2018|

Dementia Tax; Good News But Only If You Plan Ahead

Earlier this year the Daily Telegraph ran a headline about a 20% increase in the diagnosis of dementia following the introduction, in September 2014, of a £55 payment to GPs for diagnosing someone with dementia. It did not matter whether the patient had dementia or not, the payment was still made to the GPs. Leading [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:31:05+00:00April 20th, 2018|

How To Review Your Will: Key Factors To Consider

Making a Will is one of the most important things you can ever do as it distributes the wealth you have built up over many years. Our MD Paul Dodsworth says “I always say to clients that you can only make a Will based upon your circumstances today, your wishes today and the law as it [...]

By |2018-11-05T14:31:13+00:00April 9th, 2018|