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Your Digital Legacy – the Four-Step DIY Plan

August 18, 2020

What would happen if you were to die today, or if you were suddenly incapacitated with COVID, or after a car accident or a stroke?  How would those close to you pick up the pieces? More and more of our lives are conducted online, and this is starting to cause serious problems, and real distress,…

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COVID-19: Making Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney in lockdown

July 7, 2020

In these uncertain times, many of us are turning our attention to our personal affairs. One important aspect of this is taking stock of our personal circumstances and making or updating Wills. Something which might have been low on the ‘to do’ list in our ‘pre-lockdown’ lives has suddenly become extremely important, especially as family…

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Probate Fee Hike Ditched … for now?

October 15, 2019

It was announced yesterday that the government plan to replace the flat £155 probate fee with a sliding scale of fees of up to £6,000 in some cases, has been cancelled. “For the second time in less than three years, the government has announced huge, discriminatory, and arguably illegal increases in probate fees, with the…

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More families at risk of paying Inheritance Tax

August 13, 2019

The number of unmarried couples living together has risen by 25% over the last ten years, to 3.4 million, according to a study just published by the Office of National Statistics. “Unmarried couples with children risk leaving their children an unnecessary Inheritance Tax bill” warns Colemans’ senior partner Michael Cutler. “For a couple who are…

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Probate Fee Hike Delayed

April 1, 2019

The government’s controversial move to raise probate fees dramatically, by almost 4,000% for larger estates, will not come into force on 1st April as planned. Because of the disruption to Parliamentary routine caused by the Brexit debates, the procedure to bring the new fees into force has been held up, pushing back the start date…

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Return of the Stealth Death Tax

December 6, 2018

The government has announced a dramatic increase in probate fees to come into force in April 2019, to help pay the running costs of the whole court system. Probate fees are the fees charged by the Probate Registries for issuing a grant of probate of a Will, or a grant of letters of administration of…

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Government shelves increase in probate fees

April 21, 2017

The government has announced this morning that the proposed dramatic increase in probate fees has been shelved. Whether this is (as announced) because there is no Parliamentary time available before the election, or whether the government has belatedly responded to the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal, we welcome this announcement. There was no moral…

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Ilott –v- Mitson: Back to Square One

March 20, 2017

The case of Ilott v Mitson hit the headlines in July last year, because a court overturned a mother’s Will, taking £164,000 (out of about £450,000) away from the charities she intended to benefit, and giving it to the daughter from whom she had been estranged for much of her life. Now the Supreme Court…

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Probate Fee Hike

February 28, 2017

Government proposals just announced will add thousands of pounds to the cost of winding up many estates in this area, up to £20,000 in some cases. Probate Court fees are set to rise from a flat £155 to a sliding-scale fee related to the value of the estate.  This will impact most on estates where…

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