Where there's a (chaotic) will, there's a way... Posted by John Melville-Smith & David West, 04/10/2017

Where there's a (chaotic) will, there's a way...

What if there is a homemade will that is not obviously compliant with formalities and which contains unclear provisions? A recent example is the case of Vucicevic v Aleksic (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2017/2335.html) Mr Aleksic was born in Montenegro in 1923 and died in 2014, ... read more

New Probate Fees Dropped Posted by David West, 21/04/2017

New Probate Fees Dropped

Today's news will come as a relief to our clients as well as to us. For weeks now we have been working flat out to push through probate cases so that the bereaved families who have employed our services need not incur the new probate charging proposals stated in the recent spring budget.  ... read more

How A Little Planning Can Save You Thousands Posted by David West, 03/03/2017

How A Little Planning Can Save You Thousands

How the new Residence Nil-Rate Band and the proposed Grant of Probate fees will affect your beneficiary’s inheritance Main Residence Nil-Rate Band ('MRNRB') The new Residence Nil-Rate Band was introduced by the Government as a “fairer” method of applying Inheritance Tax: If you are... read more

Can you change a Will after someone dies? Posted by David West, 09/01/2017

Can you change a Will after someone dies?

The answer is ‘Yes’, but should you? The families I help are often surprised when I tell them that they can change a loved one’s Will. Surely a person’s wishes should be honoured shouldn’t they? Yet, since the vast majority of Wills I come across are out of date or jus... read more

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