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Category Archives: Wills Trusts & Probate

Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the issues around mental health capacity and wills including the recent case of Clitheroe v Bond

A will is a legal document that is supposed to represent your final say on what should happen to your estate when you die; however, in some instances, as in the recent case of Clitheroe v Bond [2020] a will can be challenged and treated as though it never existed. The case of Clitheroe v... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of our Private Client team – explains how Probate works

What exactly is probate and when is it needed? Probate is the process of applying to the Probate Registry for confirmation that a Will is valid and confirming the executors’ authority to administer the estate on behalf of a person who has died. Whether probate is required will depend on the value and nature of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of our Private Client team – answers four of the most commonly asked questions about Wills

Below are some of the most common questions we get asked about Wills. If you have a specific query that’s not covered, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an informal chat. Is it still possible to draft a new Will or update my existing Will during the current lockdown? Absolutely.  With all the stress... Read the rest of this entry →

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Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team – on why it’s so important to have a well drafted will.

Having a Will allows you to decide how your assets are to be distributed when you die. If you do not have a Will, such distribution will be governed by the Intestacy Rules and may not reflect your wishes. A Will is a way for you to advise on what should happen to your estate... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – on the top five reasons why you should update your Will

So, question: When did you make your Will? The 80’s? 90’s? 00’s? Clients are often surprised to find that their Wills are older than they realise. Time passes so quickly that before we know it our circumstances have changed and our Wills are out of date. For example, it’s common to appoint your siblings as... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lewis Thompson – Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses Wills and the importance of both the financial provision and guardianship for children

When I am instructed to draft a Will for my client, I take care to take instructions not only regarding their property and finances but about their family matters as well. I often ask the question: Who will look after your children should you die? Children (minors) and the appointment of guardians is a major... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of Private Client. Helping you and your business: The importance of Wills & Estate Planning

For many of us, the thought of suddenly becoming critically ill is something we may have contemplated briefly but never really been overly concerned about until last month. Now, as we hear reports of younger, fitter people falling ill and sadly many of them losing their lives, it’s more important than ever to ensure you... Read the rest of this entry →

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Karen Yates – Head of the Private Client team – summarises the key facts about making a Will during the current crisis

  Over the last couple of weeks as concern around COVID-19 has grown and we are now in lockdown, thoughts have turned to making a Will or updating an existing Will with many people asking: “is it too late?”. Wills are something that we all know are important and most of us have it in... Read the rest of this entry →

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With the new financial year starting next week, Lewis Thompson – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses the changes to the Wills and the Inheritance Tax rules

  From the 6th April 2020, the Residential Nil Rate Band is set to increase to £175,000. Combined with the standard Nil Rate Band of £325,000 available upon death this will mean that an estate will have a potential of £500,000 inheritance tax free on the death of an individual. What is the Residential Nil Rate... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss grows Private Client Team with new appointment

  We are delighted to have grown our Private Client team with the appointment of Ameliah McLaren‑Parker who joins us as a private client solicitor. Ameliah, who studied at Queen Mary, University of London, will be based out of our Manchester city centre office after she completed her training contract earlier this month. Ameliah’s new... Read the rest of this entry →

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