New “Death Tax” Voted In!

So what’s the fuss all about? When someone passes away Probate Registry issues a Grant of probate.  At the moment this costs you only £215 for a personal application. The government’s plan to bring in a sliding scale grant of probate fee moved a step closer this week when the relevant committee voted to [...]

By |2019-02-08T16:22:16+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Earl’s Daughter Loses Claim On His Estate Due To Crazed Lifestyle

The estranged daughter of an earl has lost her claim at his £1.3 million estate after a judge deemed it her fault that she lives in a council house on benefits. Lady Tara Wellesley had not seen her father, the seventh Earl Cowley, in over 26 years before he passed away aged 81 in [...]

By |2019-01-16T16:34:22+00:00January 16th, 2019|

Queen Of Soul Allegedly Owes Millions To IRS

In August 2018, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 76. She had no Will in place even though she possesses an estate worth over $80 million. As a result, a number of different parties have filed notices of interest and recently it has been reported that the [...]

By |2019-01-16T15:26:58+00:00January 4th, 2019|

Santander Fined Millions for Holding Deceased Customers’ Funds

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined high street bank Santander £32.8 million. This stems from an investigation into Santander holding back deceased customers' funds when the Probate process should be complete. The investigation found that £183 million went untransferred, affecting exactly 40,428 deceased customers. The FCA found that a poor Probate process was [...]

By |2019-01-16T15:27:40+00:00December 21st, 2018|

Winter Deaths At Highest Level In 40 Years

The Office for National Statistics' (ONS) has recently released the data for Excess Winter Deaths (EWD) in England and Wales. This revealed that England and Wales in 2017-18 experienced more EWDs than any year since the winter of 1975. Winter deaths totalled to 50,100 for 2017/18. Experts conclude that plummeting temperatures and a strain [...]

By |2019-01-16T15:27:57+00:00December 19th, 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 |2019-02-06T12:13:00+00:00November 9th, 2018|