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How long does probate take?

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Beneficiaries often ask how long it will take to receive their inheritance. The short answer is that “it depends”. Every estate is as unique as the person who owned the assets. If the person rented their home and only had one bank account,...

Is your Will valid? Will disputes are increasing!

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“It was so important to get it right” – how local law firm Brethertons LLP kept “business as usual” for clients desperate to update their Wills in lockdown. Back in March 2020, as Covid-19 was taking hold...

Should I put digital assets in my Will?

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In an increasingly digital world, many of us are guilty of not thinking about how our digital lives will pass on our deaths. Many of us now hold digital photographs on our mobile phones, monies in digital wallets like Paypal, social media accounts and even...

I'm getting married or divorced - should I make a Will?

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The simple answer is – yes! Marriage, separation and divorce can have unintended consequences on how your estate passes when you die, whether you have a Will or not. Marriage Many people don’t realise that marriage revokes your Will unless...

What do I do when someone dies?

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What do I do when someone dies? Firstly, I am sorry that you are having to read this. Whether you have just lost a loved one or you are preparing for the worst, bereavement is a terrible thing to have to endure. The most important things… ...

Is my Covid-19 lockdown Will valid?

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In a previous blog ( click here to read ) I discussed some of the things to be wary about when drafting your own Will or instructing a company to draft your Will on an “execution-only” basis, ie. without getting any legal advice. ...

How do I get a capacity assessment during COVID-19?

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In recent years, people have been thinking about how they can protect themselves in the event that they lose capacity in future. Unfortunately, sometimes those protective measures cannot be put in place in time. As solicitors, we often see people in a...

Making Your Own Will - The Pitfalls of DIY and Homemade Wills

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It feels like a long time ago since 23 rd March when Boris Johnson announced that the country was going into lockdown. Over that period, solicitors and will writers across the country were inundated with enquiries from people who wanted to update their Will...

When it's too late for a Power of Attorney

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“I’m still young.” “I’ll get around to it at some point.” “It won’t happen to me.” We regularly hear the above reasons not to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) . A number of things can cause...

Cost of a Death Certificate to rise by 275%

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Many people will know that when registering a death you can obtain copies of a death certificate for just £4.00 each. After the initial registration, it would cost you £7.00 to obtain each official copy. As of tomorrow (Saturday 16th February...