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FAQs About Estate Planning – Who can apply for probate if there is no Will?

In this third mini blog in the series of FAQs about Estate Administration, Kat King explains who will deal with your estate if you die without a Will in place. When someone dies without making a Will, or their Will is invalid for any reason, they die ‘intestate’. This means they die without appointing Personal…

FAQs About Estate Administration – When do I need to pay Inheritance Tax and how do I pay it?

In this second mini blog in this series of FAQs About Estate Administration, Kat King explains when and how Inheritance Tax (IHT) is paid When do I need to pay IHT? IHT must be paid by the end of the sixth month after the person died. For example: Jack Smith dies on 15th May 2019….

Event: Contentious Probate Update, Bath 22-10-19

St John’s Chambers, Royds Withy King and Mogers Drewett welcome you to their annual seminar in Bath, which aims to bring practitioners up to speed with all the latest developments in the world of contentious probate. This seminar is principally targeted at solicitors who are (or would like to be) involved in contentious probate work, but it…

FAQs About Estate Administration – As an Executor, what am I liable for and can I be sued?

In the first mini blog in this series of FAQs About Estate Administration, Kat King explains about the duties and liabilities of being an Executor. As an Executor, who has been appointed by a Will, you have various duties and powers when dealing with an administration of an estate. What are my duties? Your duties…

FAQs About Later Life Planning – What is Pension Credit?

In the fourth mini blog in the series of FAQs About Later Life Planning, Gemma Norris explains what Pension Credit is and who is eligible. The BBC recently announced plans to withdraw free TV licences for the over 75’s, with effect from 1st June 2020. Under the new rules, from 1st June 2020 if aged…

Deal or no deal – An overview of how a no-deal Brexit will impact UK law

The current deadline to leave the EU is fast approaching and with the Government putting aside £2 billion in preparation for a no-deal Brexit; it is looking more likely that this will be the case. If Article 50 is not revoked or extended by 31 October 2019 and a withdrawal deal hasn’t been approved, the…

FAQs About Later Life Planning – What is a power of attorney?

In the third mini blog in the series of FAQs About Later Life Planning, Gemma Norris explores the types of powers of attorney available and the difference between them. A Power of Attorney is a legal document where you (the donor) appoint someone (your attorney/s) to manage and make decisions about your affairs in the…

School’s out for summer

We’re now half way through the summer holidays and whilst many children are enjoying the time off school, this can be a testing time for parents, especially those who are newly separated. Here, family solicitor Elizabeth Dowler looks at ways to navigate the challenges and come to a resolution.  The opportunity to spend quality time…

FAQs About Later Life Planning – What to consider when choosing a care home?

In the second mini blog in the series of FAQs about Later Life Planning, Kate Norris explores what to consider when choosing a care home. If the needs assessment carried out by the Local Authority shows that you need more support and care than can be given at home, the recommendation may be that you…

FAQs About Later Life Planning – I am no longer coping – how do I apply for care at home?

  In the first mini blog in the series of FAQs about Later Life Planning, Kate Norris explains how to apply for care at home. If you find you are having trouble coping at home with everyday tasks it may be worth asking the local authority to carry out a needs assessment. This is a…