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Natalie Tonkin

Probate fee increase – a stealth tax?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Labelled a “steal tax” by critics, the current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if applying through a solicitor) for probate is set to increase from April 2019 as follows:-

  • Estates worth £50,000 up to £300,000 will pay £250, a rise of £35

  • Estates worth from £300,000 up to £500,000 will pay...

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Natalie Tonkin

The Residence Nil Rate Band – Do you benefit?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

From 6 April 2017, the Residence Nil Rate Band (“RNRB”) is available for estates of people who leave the interest in the family home to direct descendants (children, grandchildren and other lineal descendants and also includes, a husband, wife or civil partner of a lineal descendant, stepchildren, adopted children and...

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Natalie Tonkin

GDPR – Does it apply to Executors and Trustees?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

The new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) were introduced on 25 May 2018 and is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The aim of GDPR is to protect individuals from breaches of privacy and data.

What many people do not know is that GDPR also applies...

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Mark Ollier

How to choose a Solicitor

Posted by Mark Ollier on October 17th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS , FAMILY , MOVING HOUSE , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION , SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Choosing a Solicitor?

As a regular subscriber to Which magazine, I was immensely gratified to see the booklet enclosed which their latest issue dealing with “Planning your Next House Move”

They recommend choosing specialists to carry out the legal work and say that solicitors offer a wider range of legal services than...

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Emma Northover

Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members - Court Case in progress

Posted by Emma Northover on December 20th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES .

Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members – Court Case in progress

This week the Supreme Court will hear a case that should clarify the law on challenging wills on the grounds that they do not make reasonable provision for family and dependents. Animal charities are appealing a...

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Victoria Emmett

When should a persons 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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