Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

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A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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Bid to unseal royal will is ‘complete nonsense’

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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Sir James Munby has dismissed another attempt to unseal the will of the late Princess Margaret as “complete nonsense”. The President of the Family Division has previously rejected a similar bid from the same woman. Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Sir James noted that the latest one included “a closely-spaced one page statement”…

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Lasting power of attorney registration fees to be cut

March 16, 2017 0 comments

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The registration fee for establishing a lasting power of attorney will fall on April 1, from £110 to £82. Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are established when someone believes they may lose ‘capacity’ – the ability to make decisions about their best interests due to  an illness such as dementia. Sometimes they are set up…

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The other woman and the perils of DIY divorce

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March 16, 2017 3 comments

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Here’s an interesting, and surely far from unique, scenario. What happens when someone dies, having left their spouse to go to live with a new partner, but not separated their finances from those of their spouse? The case of Martin v Williams is an object lesson on the perils of a “do it yourself” divorce…

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Bid to unseal Princess Margaret’s will fails

March 16, 2017 4 comments

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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