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Supreme Court Decision on Will Dispute

Posted 15 March 2017 by Richard Tinkler

On 15th March 2017, the judgement was released by the Supreme Court in the high profile case of Ilott v Mitson, regarding a lady who made a Will and disinherited her daughter in favour of three charities.  The daughter of the deceased made a claim against the estate and was initially successful but the charities appealed to the Supreme Court.   The Supreme Court considered various factors in this case and the judgement can be found here:  https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2015-0203-judgment.pdf   If you would like to make a Will (or if you have already mad...

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Probate Application Fees set to Increase

Posted 02 March 2017 by Richard Tinkler

It has now been confirmed that fees to apply for a grant of representation in connection with a deceased’s estate (known as a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, depending on whether or not there is a Will) will be increasing from May 2017. The current fee, irrespective of the size of an estate, is £155 for the grant (and 50p for each additional sealed copy which can be used in the same way as the original grant) if an application is made via a firm of solicitors.  The current fee is £215 if the application is made by an individual acting personally. The ...

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On-line Shopping, On-line Friendships, On-line Dating, On-line Divorce?

Posted 23 February 2017 by Wendy Brighton

Yes, it’s true that you can find most things that you want on-line including a prospective partner, but is it really true that you can end that relationship in such a cold matter of fact manner as an on-line Divorce? Well yes, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has made it quite clear that 2017 will be the year that the official divorce process goes online. It is not a terribly new concept as Law firms have operated online providing this service for some time- you may have seen adverts such as ‘Get Divorced for as little as £39’ on the internet....

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What is probate?

Posted 12 January 2017 by Richard Tinkler

One question I very often get asked as a Solicitor specialising in Private Client law is: ‘what is probate?’  Usually this is asked by executors of estates who have been told by a bank, for example, to obtain a grant of probate in order for them to be able to release monies held in a deceased person’s name.   Probate has one of two meanings:   Specifically, it is a document that is issued by the Court to grant authority to executors of an estate to enable them to deal with certain estate assets.  For example, to sell a property or to collect the ...

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