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Will power for 2019
3
Jan
2019

New Year’s resolutions often involve sorting out personal finances and this may include effective will and estate planning.

Kurt Lee - Partner
6
Nov
2018

Kurt Lee, Partner and Head of Private Client at Lester Aldridge, has slammed the Government’s announcement of changes to probate fees as a new “stealth tax” on estates.

Probate fees
6
Nov
2018

Currently, the fee paid when applying for probate is £215 (or £155 for those applying through a solicitor) and there is no fee charged if the estate is worth less than £5,000, but from April 2019, probate fees will be changing.

Will dispute solicitors
10
Oct
2018

In England & Wales, you can leave your estate to anyone you like. However, this can result in a will dispute if someone who thinks they will inherit are then either excluded from a will or they do not receive as much as they expected.

inheritance fraud missing assets
22
Mar
2018

Due to property prices, average estates values today can now involve hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds, so it is easy to see why estates are such a tempting target for fraudsters.

dr pepper snappled up
30
Jan
2018

The move merges the likes of 7UP, Snapple and the world’s biggest single-serve coffee brand K-Cup to become one of the biggest beverage giants.

Choosing beneficiaries - a legacy lottery?
11
Jan
2018

A common question often posed is what motivates those making wills (testators) to leave their estate in a particular way? However, in some cases, there may be no way to predict the contents of a will or explain why a testator has left their estate in a particular way.

New Year – Will power
2
Jan
2018

The New Year is a time when many people will consider making changes in their lives. This might include improving their health, reviewing their personal finances or making plans for the future.

contesting-a-will
15
Mar
2017

The widely reported case of Ilott v Mitson has today come to an end, through the Supreme Court issuing its long awaited judgement in the case.

New England & Wales Probate Court fees
13
Mar
2017

The UK Government has issued its response to the consultation on proposals to reform court fees for grants of representation, with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) confirming that from May this year, barring any U-Turn or rejection by Parliament, there will be the reintroduction of banded court fees for grant applications (also known as probate applications).