Article Category: Estate Administration & Probate – Insight & Opinion

Do I Qualify for Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief (BPR) provides relief from inheritance tax on the transfer of relevant business assets. It was established to provide the UK’s SME sector with some protection in the event of the death of the principal business owner. It aims to help businesses and beneficiaries to continue trading when faced with an inheritance tax… Read more »

Deciding Who Inherits Your Estate When You Die

The recent case of Wales v Dixon 2020 highlights the importance of giving clear instructions when making a Will to ensure that your wishes are carried out following death and it is clear who inherits your estate. Helen Gowin, Head of Estate Administration at SAS Daniels LLP outlines the case. Mr Wales died in 2015… Read more »

Death of a Joint Owner With a Mortgage

man dealing with death of a joint owner with a mortgage

If you own a property with other people, the way you own it together will be important no more so when one of the owners dies. If there is a mortgage on the property, further complications may arise as to who takes over the debt. A property can be owned jointly – either as joint… Read more »

Pay Now or Pay More Later: The Cost of Not Writing a Will

Last Will and Testament paper documents to make a Will

Failure to plan for death can have catastrophic consequences for a spouse or partner, both emotionally and financially, which go far beyond what the deceased may have intended to happen. The remedy for the family left with no protection due to the deceased not writing a Will, would be that they are forced to apply… Read more »

Wills for Business Owners – Why Is It Important?

Vicky Timothy, Senior Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team, outlines the main benefits of Wills for business owners and, also, some of the risks you may wish to avoid if you die intestate (without a Will in place). There are many reasons why business owners should ensure that they have a Will in place…. Read more »

Initial Steps to Take after Someone Dies

Coping with the death of a close family member or friend is understandably difficult and, at a time of loss, there are a number of practicalities that need to be dealt with more quickly than others. The initial steps that should be taken immediately after someone dies are: Register the Death The death should normally… Read more »

Estate Administration Documents: Which Papers Should I Keep?

If you have been appointed as an executor of someone’s Will, or have taken up a role of personal representative if there wasn’t a  Will, you may have amassed a number of estate administration documents during the course of the process. These papers were important to ensure everything is accounted for, and in particular, to… Read more »