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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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A statutory instrument (Administration of Estates Act 1925 (Fixed Net Sum) Order 2020) has been laid,

Increasing the net sum that a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive if a person dies intestate leaving issue............

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Civil Partnership legislation

The legislation (Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019) providing for the extension of civil partnerships to couples not of the same sex came into force in England and Wales on the 2nd December 2019 ........

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Frenchie and Friends Foundation | French bulldogs Charity

We are very proud to announce that our charity of the year for 2020 is The Frenchie and Friends foundation........

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Funeral Costs Increased By 3.4% Last Year

The average cost of a funeral has increased by 3.4% to £4,417 since last year. The increase is forcing a lot more grieving families into financial difficulties.....

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Why you must be careful when writing 2020 on legal documents

People are being warned not to abbreviate the year 2020 when writing the date on any legal or important document this year, because it could too easily be modified by someone.........

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Couple forced to kiss goodbye following 69 year marriage after getting sent to separate care homes

Herbert and Audrey Goodine have been together for 73 years in total, spending the last three years together in a home.........

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