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When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

Posted by Victoria Emmett on July 4th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

In a case that is being keenly followed by the charity sector, a disputed will has recently been sent to the Court of Appeal to determine whether an estranged daughter is entitled to money from her mother’s estate.   

This case will examine in detail the extent to which a person’s wishes,...

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Access the Wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Beatrix Potter!

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 11th 2015 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

HM Courts & Tribunal Service have made available for public viewing 41 million wills which date back to 1858.   You will now be able to connect to history from the comfort of your own home and look up the wills of such people as the mathematician Alan Turing, Oliver Twist...

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Deeds of Variation - Varying your inheritance after death

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 30th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

It is not a well known fact that, beneficiaries of a will or intestacy can alter or rearrange the deceased persons affairs after their death by use of a Deed of Variation.

A Deed of Variation can be used by a beneficiary who wants to redirect the assets he is entitled...

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Fixed costs for Probate Services

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 30th 2014 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

At Beviss & Beckingsale we are always asking our clients how they feel we can improve our services and, yes, to make us more attractive than our competitors. 

It is a criticism often levelled at solicitors that their charges are not clear and are hidden amongst caveats and jargon.  Victoria Emmett the...

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Application to Appeal IHT Relief Claim on Holiday Lettings Rejected

Posted by Victoria Emmett on May 27th 2014 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION .

The door appears to have finally slammed shut on a family’s attempt to obtain Business Property Relief (BPR) from Inheritance Tax (IHT) in respect of a property which had been operated as a furnished holiday letting by their late mother. It has recently been announced that a verbal application to...

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Inheritance Tax

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 12th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

It is reported that there has been an increase in the number of families facing an inheritance tax bill on the death of a loved one.  The government has frozen the inheritance tax threshold until at least 5 April 2015 and so it is expected that inheritance tax will continue to...

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