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The Ministry of Justice has announced that video witnessed Wills will be made legal during the coronavirus pandemic

The planned changes to the law, which will be backdated to 31 January 2020, will allow Wills to be witnessed virtually in England and Wales.....

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When an original signed Will has been lost or destroyed?

Where a deceased's original will cannot be found or is damaged or destroyed, the executor or, if none, the person entitled under rule 20 of the Non-Contentious Probate Rules...

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5 Things you should consider when making your Will

Estate planning is a generic term often used to describe the process of organising your affairs so that things can be properly handled after your death...

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The two types of Joint Property Ownership

Owning your property as beneficial joint tenants means the property belongs to you and the other owner or owners jointly. You must all act together as a single owner, for example on a remortgage or a sale...

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A Declaration of Trust – Do you need one?

A Declaration of Trust (often called a Deed of Trust) is a legally enforceable document that is often used when more than one person is involved in the purchase of a property and is used to confirm who owns what or owes what to whom...

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If I die without a valid up to date Will in place

If I die without a valid up to date Will in place - what will happen to my children who are still under the age of 18?

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When something does not seem right with the way an estate is being handled after the death of a loved one – what can you do?

Stopping probate being issued requires what is known as entering a ‘caveat’ at the Probate Registry to take place...

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Estate Administration

Deceased's company left in complete limbo by failure to allow appointment of directors...

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Church Of England Issues Three Phased Return Guidance

Following the Government’s plea for the Church of England to start officiating small funerals in their buildings again...

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A reminder what happens if you die without a Will

If you have an estate less than £270k and a spouse, your spouse gets everything - your children will not inherit anything...

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Check if you have death in service cover

All employees should check to see if they have death in service cover provided by their employer. If so you should ensure you have nominated who you wish to receive this........

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Deputies and Attorneys must maintain duties during COVID-19 isolation, says Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has advised deputies and attorneys in England and Wales that they cannot temporarily give up or delegate their role if they cannot visit the protected person during the Coronavirus crisis...

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Advice on signing a will, trust or power of attorney document during self-isolation

For a legal document to be valid, it must be signed by the person making the document in THE EYE-LINE of witnesses who then countersign. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, arranging to sign a legal document may prove difficult due to social distancing and self-isolation....

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NHS Staff Increase Power of Attorney Search Requests

Throughout the last few weeks, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has noticed a massive increase in ‘many urgent requests to search the database for people who have lost mental capacity.......

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Funeral Expense Payment Support Has Increased

The maximum amount a family can claim for help with coffin expenses increased to £1000 on April 8th 2020.......

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Government Issue Advice For Safe Funerals

Public Health England and leading faith leaders have suggested that funerals should uphold social distancing guidance by severely limiting those able to attend....

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Coronavirus and your appointment

To read more and see a video with regards to estate planning precautions given these unprecidented times then please follow the link below........

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Scammers Taking Advantage Of Covid-19 Crisis

It hasn’t taken cyber criminals long to turn the Coronavirus pandemic into a money making scheme............

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UK government accepts electronic signatures are binding on most deeds except Wills, LPAs and Trusts

The government has officially accepted the Law Commission of England and Wales' (the Commission’s) opinion that electronic signatures on contracts and many deeds are already legally valid in England and Wales........

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Research Shows Funeral Costs Are Continuing To Soar

New research has revealed that funeral costs keep on rising – and they’re rising fast. The cost of an average funeral now stands at £4,418 – up £146 in just one year...........

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Are we set for a massive Inheritance Tax shake up?

MPs have proposed that the UK abolishes inheritance tax and replaces it with a gift allowance system........

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Woman faces losing home after dad rewrites will and leaves £270,000 to charity

A court heard Brian Cole, a former lifeboat captain in south Wales, changed his will 25 days before his sucide to "disinherit" Sonya Young and instead left most of his wealth to the RNLI.......

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5 Incorrect Assumptions About Guardianship

Sadly, every 22 minutes a parent in the UK dies, leaving dependent children. Statistics show that 1 in 20 children will have lost at least one parent by the age of 16.........

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In Memory Giving

Did a charitable organisation really help your loved one when it mattered.........

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New law to save families being forced from homes by unaffordable inheritance tax bills

Adult siblings living under the same roof are rallying round a proposed change in the law that would stop them being forced out of their homes by unaffordable inheritance tax (IHT) bills when one of them dies.....

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