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17th July 2019

Dealing with business assets during Probate

When the owner of a business dies,  probate can be lengthy and complicated as their business assets have to be valued and transferred. Whether business assets are sold or transferred depends on the way in which the business was owned and operated as well as the wishes of the deceased. The estate’s executor or administrator […]

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10th July 2019

Can I allow trusted family members access to my bank account?

When dealing with financial affairs, it may seem ideal to allow children or other trusted family members access to your accounts to help you manage finances. We explain why this is never advisable. Giving someone the information they need to deal with your money may seem like a good solution if you’re concerned about being […]

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3rd July 2019

Big rise in contested estates attributed to DIY wills

A sharp rise in the number of contested Wills in the past year is caused by more and more people attempting to write their own Will. In the last year, the number of cases heard by the High Court went up from 227 in 2016 to 282 in 2017 and 368 in 2018. Drafting a […]

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26th June 2019

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney is preferable to a Deputyship Order

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint an attorney to deal with your affairs once you are no longer capable of doing so yourself. If you do not have an LPA, then your family will have to apply for a Deputyship Order to allow someone to help you. There are two types […]

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19th June 2019

Who has the legal right to organise a funeral?

A funeral is usually arranged by close family members of the deceased, but what happens if they disagree, or if someone else has the legal right to arrange the funeral? If the deceased has left a valid Will, then the named Executors have the right to organise the funeral and either a burial or cremation. […]

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