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Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney Kate Garraway’s heart-breaking story of her husband Derek’s year-long battle with Covid has been made even more complicated by the lack of legal protection she and Derek had in place....

How long does it to take to receive the Grant of Probate?

The Grant of Probate (the “Grant”) is the legal document which gives you the authority as an Executor to deal with a person’s estate. You should receive the Grant within 10 working days of making the application. Unfortunately only 9% of...

How long do I have as an Executor to distribute an estate?

As an Executor, you should ideally wait 10 months from the date of the Grant of Probate before distributing the estate. The Grant of Probate is the document obtained from the court which gives the legal authority for you to deal with the estate. You should...

Coronavirus - How do I ensure my Will is validly executed?

If you have the issue of coronavirus on your mind, you have likely been thinking about making a Will . The government is looking at whether to relax the requirements for validly executing a Will but at the moment, in order for a Will to be valid , it...

Covid-19 - Wills

We have seen a huge rise in enquiries this week for the preparation of new Wills and the review of existing Wills due to the Covid-19 crisis.  We always recommend that individuals have a Will in place and keep them up-to-date to ensure that their...

Should I appoint a sole executor and trustee?

An executor is a person you name in your Will to be responsible for sorting out your estate when you pass away.  If you set up a trust in your Will, a trustee is a person who will become the legal owner of the trust assets and manage them in...

What does the Court of Protection do?

The Court of Protection is a court based in London which makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who are unable to make their own decisions at a specific time as they lack mental capacity. It can make decisions and take action in respect...

Be careful when providing bank details for inheritance payments

A recent case highlights the importance of checking your bank details (and checking them again!). Peter Teich provided his name, address and Barclays account number to his solicitor in order to receive his £193,000 inheritance from his late father....

Intestate Estate Inheritance Limit Increased

How much can I inherit if my spouse or civil partner dies intestate? The Administration of Estates Act 1925 (Fixed Net Sum) Order 2020 will come into force from 6 February 2020 and will raise the limit that spouses and civil partners with children can...

Court of Protection Gives Permission For Man To Marry

The Court of Protection (“the Court”) has recently granted a 28-year-old man, known as “P”, permission to marry his fiancée. The Court makes decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who are unable to decide for...
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