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Witnessing wills during the Coronavirus pandemic - Video Witnessing Update

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In normal circumstances we strongly recommend a client making a will (“the Testator”) attends the office initially to take will instructions and again to execute their will and have their will witnessed by two members of staff. Given the...

Key changes to probate applications during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Whilst the requirement for execution of wills remains archaic and unchanged, the pandemic has led to various modernisations of the process surrounding the application for Grants of Probate (along with Grants of Letters of Administration and Grants of Letters...

Should those suffering with coronavirus be allowed to make oral wills during the pandemic?

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In these strange and unprecedented circumstances Ministers have been urged to use their emergency powers to relax the laws governing the execution of wills during the coronavirus pandemic. Some campaigners argue those suffering from coronavirus should...

Understanding the role of an executor

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End of life planning is something that we all have to do. As an individual, a will is arguably one of the most important documents we have to create, so it's worth taking the time to get it right and understand the different elements. It is...

Should relatives be allowed to enter civil partnerships to benefit from Inheritance Tax exemption?

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In the days of ever increasing property values, but where the amount a person can pass to anyone free from Inheritance Tax on their death has been frozen for almost 10 years, should we be looking to protect the assets of those co-dependent on one...

Things you need to think about when making a will

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Having met with clients to discuss their wishes and concerns and to take will instructions over a number of years, the same or similar initial questions often come up. What is a will? A will is a legal document which...

No such things as "next of kin": the ever growing importance of Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

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The concept of “next of kin” is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Contrary to common belief, “next of kin” only exist on death and are those who would inherit if the person in question died without leaving a valid...