Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Property in a Trust: Responsibilities and Considerations for Trustees

Taking care of property in a trust

Putting property in a Trust is a great way to safeguard the property and avoid a lengthy and costly probate process on death. For the trustees who hold the property, it is important to consider any potential risk factors, your obligations and the health and wellbeing of the beneficiary residing in the property. There is… Read more »

The Dangers of a Homemade Will

Currently, there is no requirement for people to make a Will under English law. And, in fact, a study carried out by ‘Remember a Charity’ in 2019 found that 68% of UK adults do not have a Will. If you’re one of these people, and you’re now contemplating writing a Will yourself — proceed with… Read more »

Tax Returns Deadline Extension Announced by HMRC

HMRC announces tax returns deadline extension

The HMRC have recently announced that  people required to file self-assessment tax returns will not receive a penalty if submitted late, provided that the tax return is filed online by the 28th February 2021. The deadline extension follows the realisation that many people required more time and were struggling to complete their tax returns by… Read more »

Trust Registration Service: New Regulations

man with a pen signing his expression of wish form

Trusts can affect individuals and families in a number of ways, often occurring where there are second marriages, for tax planning or for the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries. The role of Trustee and the position of Trusts can be daunting with various duties and regulations applying and new rules being implemented. What is the Trust… Read more »

Caroline Flack: What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Last will and testament document - what happens if you die without a Will?

Caroline Flack, TV presenter, very sadly took her own life in February 2020. Newspapers estimated that her estate was worth around £2 million but, after debts, the value was £827,000. Caroline had passed away unexpectedly without a Will having been made and therefore, by law, her estate is to be administered in accordance with the… Read more »

Making a Will: One of Your New Year Resolutions?

New Year resolutions book - is making a Will on yours?

Traditionally, the New Year brings an opportunity for people to make new resolutions to live better and be more proactive. These may involve participating in “dry January” and “veganuary”. People may also decide to quit smoking, lose weight, join a gym or simply de-clutter the house. But what about promising to make or update your… Read more »

Grant of Probate: Changes to the Application Process

Filling in an application for a grant of probate

If you are dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, you may find that, as an executor, you need to apply for a Grant of Probate. A Grant of Probate is a Court Order which confirms the appointment of the executors named in the Will, and enables them to deal with the estate administration. This… Read more »

Visiting Relatives in Care Homes – Ever-changing Regulations

visiting relatives in care homes during covid-19

Care home visits are usually subject to guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission, which regulates care homes. In October 2019, this was updated and states that: “The staff should make it as easy as possible for you to visit your relative or friend. They should respect your relationship and give you as much privacy… Read more »

Delays at the Probate Service

delays to the probate service

According to a Conservative MP and probate solicitor, John Stevenson, the Probate Service is now more backlogged than it was two years ago. Despite more funding and an injection of more financial and human resources, Mr Stevenson claims that the system has deteriorated. What Is Causing Delays at the Probate Service? The alleged problems have… Read more »

How Powers of Attorney Can Help During COVID-19

lonely man in care home - how might power of attorney help

The re-imposed lockdown restrictions have meant that it is now even more difficult to physically visit loved ones in care homes. We have all heard upsetting stories on the news about people being isolated, and even being “stolen” from care homes because family members are so desperate for unrestricted contact with their loved ones. In… Read more »