Bid to unseal Princess Margaret’s will fails

March 16, 2017 3 comments

family law

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has rejected a bid to unseal the late Princess Margaret’s will. The younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret died of a stroke in February 2002 at the age of 71. Her will was sealed in June of that year and its contents are not publicly…

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Supreme Court rules in favour of animal charities

March 15, 2017 2 comments

inheritance

A long-running inheritance dispute reached its conclusion today when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of three animal charities. The case concerned Mrs Heather Ilott, who was estranged from her late mother for much of her life, ever since she left home at the age of 17. When the mother eventually died, she left…

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A stealth tax on bereaved families

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March 8, 2017 0 comments

family law

This week the government announced that from May 2017 they will be reforming their fees for all Grant of Probate applications despite receiving a majority opposition to their proposals. Indeed many have criticised their plans as a ‘stealth tax on bereaved families’ and it is interesting to note that whilst there has been much focus…

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Probate fees to rise 9,000%

March 7, 2017 0 comments

family law

The administration fees for dealing with probate cases could go up by a staggering 9,000 per cent later this month. In May, estates valued at over £2 million will be charged £20,000 by the Probate Registry. This is the government service which deals with the paperwork to determine who will control a person’s finances and…

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Number of people leaving more than £150,000 doubles

January 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

The number of older people who are expecting to leave more than £150,000 in their will has almost doubled. This claim was made today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an economic research group based in London. In the decade leading up to 2013, the wealth among the over-80s increased by as much as…

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Bitter inheritance dispute reaches the Supreme Court

December 9, 2016 0 comments

wills and probate

A bitter inheritance dispute will reach the Supreme Court on Monday (12 December). Ilott v The Blue Cross and others concerns a woman who left her substantial estate to a number of animal charities when she passed away. These included the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Royal…

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Over 50s call inheritance tax ‘double taxation’

October 10, 2016 5 comments

family law

The majority of people over the age of 50 consider inheritance tax a form of “double taxation”. Almost three quarters – 73 per cent – of Mumsnet and Gransnet users expressed this view in a recent poll. Nearly 1,000 users of the social networking sites took part in the survey which asked about their attitudes…

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Supreme Court date set for inheritance dispute

September 26, 2016 0 comments

family law

The Supreme Court will hear an already well known case relating to an inheritance dispute involving major animal charities on December 12. Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others concerns a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July 2015. The estranged daughter of a woman who had left her entire estate to…

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