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April Fool's - joke in will
1
Apr
2019

There are many pranks taking place today to mark April Fool’s day. Likewise, some legacies can be so unusual that even the beneficiaries don’t believe them!

probate fee increase
28
Mar
2019

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the introduction of controversial probate fee increases, which were due to be introduced on 1 April 2019, has been postponed.

Inheritance Act claims after 25 years
15
Mar
2019

The High Court has granted permission to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act – despite it being issued more than 25 years after the deadline.

Karl Lagerfield cat Choupette
26
Feb
2019

It has been widely reported that the late fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, has left some of his £153m fortune to his beloved cat, Choupette.

24
Jan
2019

The financial abuse of older and vulnerable adults is a disturbing problem which can drain estates of assets and prevent beneficiaries under wills from receiving their inheritance.

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.