Article Category: Estate Administration & Probate – Insight & Opinion

Does an Adopted Child have Inheritance Rights?

The law surrounding the inheritance rights of adopted children can seem incredibly complex and confusing with many adopted children not knowing where they stand legally when either their biological or adopted parents pass away. Adopted parents: Children who have been legally adopted are treated in exactly the same way as biological children for the purposes… Read more »

Is it time to simplify the Inheritance Tax process?

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published its Inheritance Tax Review in November 2018. The review demonstrates that changes desperately need to be made to the administration process. The purpose of the report: Dealing with estate administration often places a huge burden on executors. The OTS recognises that the responsibility of dealing with the estate… Read more »

Grant of probate application fees set to rise

Reforms to increase the cost of a grant of probate application are set to be implemented by the government. First discussed in 2017, the fee increase is now set to take effect in April 2019. What are the fees for a grant of probate application?   The current application fees are fixed at £215.00 for… Read more »

GDPR for Trustees and Executors: How have they been affected?

We’re five months on from the implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and many people have been asking what effect the new data protection rules have had for those acting as Executors and Trustees, and is there anything they should be doing going forward? The effects of GDPR for Trustees and Executors: As part… Read more »

Partnership Disputes: How to avoid them

A recent case (Wild v Wild) has highlighted again the need for farmers to be clear about how the farming assets are held. Whilst putting a partnership agreement in place is the last thing farmers want to think about when they’re busy getting on with the day job, it can have a big impact in… Read more »

Estate Administration: Falling Out Over The Family Silver

When a loved one dies without a Will it is often left to the immediate family to start the estate administration, sort out the funeral and secure the valuables of the person who has died. If there are tensions within the family and siblings don’t get on, this can cause problems as decisions need to… Read more »

Can I Challenge A Will?

Administering an estate is not always straightforward and concerns can be raised by both the beneficiaries and the executors of a Will. Below are a few of the frequently asked questions and their answers to help you through the estate administration process and understand when you can challenge a Will. I have been left out… Read more »

Succession Planning For Farmers: Top Tips For Getting Things Right

Helen Gowin, Estate Administration & Probate Partner, looks at succession planning for farmers and gives her top tips for getting things right. A good starting place is to consider the historical structure of the farm, and review who currently manages the finances and how roles are defined. Considering and documenting these aspects will help to outline… Read more »

Increase In Probate Fees Cancelled

The much anticipated hike in probate fees, which was due to take effect in May, has been dropped following the announcement that there will be a snap General Election on 8th June. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that there is insufficient time to push the legislation through parliament before the election. This has led… Read more »