Article Category: Estate Administration & Probate – Insight & Opinion

Inheritance Dispute: Ilott v The Blue Cross And Others, The Final Chapter

The long awaited judgment for the final instalment of the inheritance dispute case, originally named Ilott v Mitson, has been received marking a u-turn towards testamentary freedom. In other words, the liberty a person has to dispose of their estate in whatever way they choose. What has happened in this inheritance dispute case? The claim… Read more »

Making A Will: Does Yours Reflect Your Wishes?

It’s not unusual to see headlines stating that almost three quarters of the population die without making a Will. However, sometimes it’s not enough just to make a Will. You should ensure the Will correctly distributes your estate and meets your wishes. You should also make sure that it reflects your current circumstances and is updated… Read more »

Fee Hikes Proposed for Grant of Probate Applications

On 18 February 2016, the Government announced a consultation to reform the cost of an application for a Grant of Probate (also known as a Grant of Representation). The proposed regime will depart from the current fixed fee arrangement and change to a banded fee structure which will be linked to the value of the… Read more »

Should I take up my role as an executor?

If you find yourself in the position of being asked to act as an executor of someone’s estate when they die, you will have one of three choices: Take up the appointment Renounce the appointment Have power reserved to you if there is another executor who can act instead You may feel an obligation to… Read more »