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Statistics Published on People Dying in the Norwich and Norfolk area Without a Will

Posted 10 November 2017 by Richard Tinkler

The Eastern Daily Press has published an article on 6 November 2017 highlighting the numbers of people who die in Norfolk without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate (86 people), or who were born in Norfolk and died without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate (12 people).    The article states that as many as 30 people in Norwich alone have died without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate.  Many unclaimed estates will be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, and perhaps even more.   If someone dies without having made a will, the ...

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How much planning do you put into holidays and time off school?

Posted 23 October 2017 by Wendy Brighton

If it is anything like in our house, the school holidays sneak up on us- as grandparents- when we are not looking and suddenly days we thought were child free become a whirlwind of activity with grandchildren and dogs! School holidays are a time when there can be disagreement between separated parents, it is hard not to be with your children on those special holidays or birthdays, parents can feel left out and worry that the child is missing out on that special time with them. So how do we deal with those problems? Just as you would normally plan a holiday to go away, months in advance, t...

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A Possible Future for Online-only Lasting Powers of Attorney…

Posted 28 September 2017 by Richard Tinkler

It was recently reported in The Telegraph that “The Financial Conduct Authority [FCA] has said the requirement for a paper and pen signature when applying for Power of Attorney should be scrapped, making it easier to apply”. Of course, at the moment, a power of attorney (whether a general power of attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)) can be prepared electronically but it needs to be signed (and witnessed!) on paper.  In the future, powers of attorney may be able to be dealt with entirely online.  Naturally, this raises all kinds of potentially big probl...

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A Possible Future for Electronic / Digital Wills…

Posted 19 July 2017 by Richard Tinkler

The Law Commission has recently announced that they are holding a consultation with regards to the law surrounding the making of Wills.  One thing that the Law Commission is looking into is the possibility of reforming the law so that Wills can be prepared and held electronically.  Of course, at the moment, a Will can be prepared electronically but it needs to be signed (and witnessed!) on paper and comply with the rules for the making of a valid Will.  In the future, digital Wills, or electronic or e-Wills, may be able to be prepared.  Naturally, this raises all kinds o...

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