Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Wills, Trusts & Probate Blog

The importance of Cohabiting Couples making Wills

Emma Johnson
  • Posted
  • Author

Couples who live together are often under the impression that they have the same legal rights upon death as couples who are married, unfortunately for them this is a myth! Unmarried couples who live together, whether it is for 30 days or 30 years, have no...

INCREASE IN PROBATE REGISTRY FEES SCRAPPED!

Victoria Reeds
  • Posted
  • Author

It has been announced today that the increase in probate registry fees has been scrapped. The controversial increase was set to come into force in May and meant that the fee for obtaining a grant of probate (where there is a Will) or a grant of letters of...

WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAR

Andrew Morley
  • Posted
  • Author

Your last will may not be the last word if someone decides to challenge this. Nothing is certain but death and taxes, so the proverb goes. And in death is the final chance to determine how your hard earned money is distributed. This is done by a will and in...

DIY Probate: do you know the risks?

Jacqueline Marshall
  • Posted
  • Author

Many people question why, when someone has made a will in their lifetime, there is any need for further formalities once that person dies.  This is due to the fact that a will is a legal document by which a person expresses their wishes as to how their...

Do you understand the consequences your will could have?

  • Posted

Are you free to use your Will to reward or punish your family?  The recent Supreme Court case of Ilott –v- Blue Cross provides welcome guidance in relation to claims made by disinherited adult children.  Your freedom is limited by the...

Probate Registry Fees are Increasing in May

Paula Hurst
  • Posted
  • Author

Have you recently had a bereavement?  Are you responsible for dealing with the deceased’s affairs?  If so, you need to be aware that the Probate Registry is increasing its fees! If you need to apply for a grant of probate (where there is a...

Did you know that anyone can write a will?

Alistair Thomson
  • Posted
  • Author

Although there may be various reasons that trigger people to make a will, ultimately it is about ensuring your estate passes to those who you wish to benefit. It is not only important to consider those you wish to benefit but also who you wish to entrust...

Why you should instruct a Solicitor in the administration of estates

Victoria Reeds
  • Posted
  • Author

When someone close to you dies, it is always an emotional and stressful time. Some people feel that administering the estate is a simple process that can be completed without the involvement of a Solicitor. This is sometimes the case, but before taking on...

I don't need a Will, I have nothing to leave...

Kate Twigg
  • Posted
  • Author

Time and time again, Private Client lawyers hear this same sentence, “I don’t need a Will I have nothing to leave”. The reality is that everybody has something to leave, even if they do not consider it to be financially valuable. If you...

Inheritance Tax and Main Residence Relief

Alice Morgan
  • Posted
  • Author

Nothing is more certain than death and taxes. Well, from April 2017 those two worlds will come together to deliver some uncharacteristically welcome news. This is an increase in the threshold, above which an individual’s estate on death is liable to...

The pitfalls of do it yourself Probate

Jacqueline Marshall
  • Posted
  • Author

Many people question why, when someone has made a will in their lifetime, there is any need for further formalities once that person dies.  This is due to the fact that a will is a legal document by which a person expresses their wishes as to how their...

The One Million Pound Inheritance Tax Allowance

Jacqueline Marshall
  • Posted
  • Author

As many people are aware the first £325,000 of their estate is free from Inheritance Tax (IHT) on death, this is known as the nil rate band (NRB).  This NRB applies on death and also on Lifetime transfer where the deceased does not survive 7 years...

The importance of having a Health & Welfare LPA

Kate Twigg
  • Posted
  • Author

"As long as someone can look after my finances it doesn't matter about my health".   This is a statement that we as solicitors, hear frequently. Whenever a client comes to see us about    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)...

Trading Standards warns against will writing companies

  • Posted

Lincolnshire Trading Standards are warning county residents against using unregulated will writing companies to prepare wills, especially for property protection trust wills. Some companies claim if a trust is set up to protect the value of your home,...

Anna is a STEP ahead

  • Posted

Chattertons associate solicitor, Anna Howat is celebrating after qualifying as a full member with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP members spend their professional lives working with families and tackling real problems. Common...

Keep calm and carry on

  • Posted

The Brexit furore still doesn’t look like abating any time soon.  However, HM Revenue & Customs have taken steps to alleviate any fears their “customers” may have that tax changes will be following close on the heels of the...

Agricultural Estate Planning

Kate Twigg
  • Posted
  • Author

The starting point when looking at estate planning where agricultural land is concerned is to look at the current set up of the farming partnership and various pieces of land. More often than not with agricultural land it is not certain who owns the land, or...

Dementia - How to Protect Yourself Legally in the Event of a Diagnosis

Kate Twigg
  • Posted
  • Author

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. There are several different types of dementia, the most common of which is Alzheimers.  Different types of dementia affect the brain in different ways and at different rates and an...

Chattertons Private Client Department welcomes new team member

Jacqueline Marshall
  • Posted
  • Author

Local legal firm, Chattertons Solicitors, is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Marshall to their Wills, Trusts and Probate Department. Jacqueline is based at the Firm’s Grantham office. Jacqueline has 4 years’ experience dealing with Private Client...