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Bereaved Minor’s Trusts

Bereaved Minor’s Trusts

From: The Will Company  What are Bereaved Minor’s Trusts? A Bereaved Minor’s Trust is one of the most common trusts that will arise from a will. It is a trust that will arise if a gift is made to the testator’s own children with an age condition of eighteen. It will...

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Finding a Will When Someone Dies

Finding a Will When Someone Dies

from: Kings Court Trust  A step that often causes family members additional stress and anxiety when someone dies is locating the deceased’s important documents. This includes the Will, which details the Testator’s wishes regarding how they want their estate to be...

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Create a Digital Estate Plan

Create a Digital Estate Plan

from: Kings Court Trust  When estate planning, there are some things that are essential to include. For example:  who will inherit any property,   who may care for a dependent child,   or what should happen to various personal belongings.   One thing that often gets...

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What happens to my debt when I die?

What happens to my debt when I die?

From: Kings Court Trust The period after the death of a loved one is a difficult time; and many people prefer to avoid thinking about it in advance. There are many challenges to consider; not only the emotional difficulties, but also the administrative duties that...

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Funeral Costs Hit Record High

Funeral Costs Hit Record High

Cost of dying hits record high amid economic struggles, research finds. Recent findings from SunLife's annual report reveal a significant increase in the UK's cost of dying, now at an all-time high of £9,658. This figure includes funeral expenses, professional fees,...

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Probate Service Delays

Probate Service Delays

Probate service ‘now in recovery after management team replaced’, says UK government. The UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice has said that a new management team has been installed in the probate registry as part of a recovery plan to address...

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Dealing with Animals & Pets in a Will

Dealing with Animals & Pets in a Will

Where a person owns animals or pets, considerations should always be given to what should happen to those pets on their death. Although many people will consider dealing with their pets in their Will as similar to guardians for their children, pets are considered a...

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Who should be the Executor of a Will?

Who should be the Executor of a Will?

From: Kings Court Trust Executors are people chosen and named in a Will by the Testator, who is the individual whose Will it is. The Executors of a Will are responsible for administering the estate of the Testator when they have passed away. Up to four Executors can...

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What is a Personal Representative?

What is a Personal Representative?

From: Kings Court Trust  The term Personal Representative might sound daunting, especially if you’re navigating the complex process of estate administration for the first time. A Personal Representative is responsible for the administration of a deceased person's...

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General Power of Attorney

General Power of Attorney

From: The Will Company A General Power of Attorney (GPA), also know as an Ordinary Power of Attorney, is a type of Power of Attorney that will allow a person to appoint attorneys to make decisions on their behalf. These are not as widely used as a Lasting Power of...

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Ostrich Egg Will

Ostrich Egg Will

From: The Will Company Writing a Will on an Ostrich Egg? To be valid a Will must comply with all of the requirements set out below which is found in section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. No Will is valid unless:- It is in writing and signed by the testator, or by some...

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What Happens if a Will Is Lost?

What Happens if a Will Is Lost?

From: The Society of Will Writers As we know, a Will takes effect on death, so it’s important to keep it safe for when it’s needed. Some may choose to store their Will with their will writer, a solicitor, at their bank or with a professional storage company such as...

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Record Inheritance Tax Receipts

Record Inheritance Tax Receipts

From: The Will Company ​Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts continued their record-breaking upwards trend into the new financial year, data released this week by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. According to figures for April 2023, receipts during the month...

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Wills & LPAs – Who can See What?

Wills & LPAs – Who can See What?

from: The Will Company Can the terms of a donor’s Will be disclosed to their attorneys? When attorneys are acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Property & Financial Affairs (P&A) or under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), they may wish to...

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Hotchpot Clauses

Hotchpot Clauses

from: The Society of Will Writers  A testator may want to make gifts of money to one or more of their children during their lifetime for a number of reasons, for example to loan money to the child or even assist with a house purchase. The monies would either be given...

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Care Fees

Care Fees

From: The Society of Will Writers  We receive many queries daily on care fees assessment and how a home can be protected from care fees and whether it counts towards the means test carried out by the local authority, so we thought we would put together some...

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The Benefits of Discretionary Trusts

The Benefits of Discretionary Trusts

From: The Society of Will Writers  A discretionary trust is a type of trust where the trustees are given complete discretion to pay or apply the income or capital of the assets for the benefit of one or all of the beneficiaries. They have control over how much to...

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Peace of Mind and Good Wills for Less

Peace of Mind and Good Wills for Less

10% Off Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney in November & DecemberOffer Valid: 8th Nov 2022 - 31st Dec 2022  Quote Offer Code: DEC10  Writing a Will isn’t nearly as difficult or disturbing as many people fear. In fact, when asked, all of our clients say that they...

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Mitigating IHT

Mitigating IHT

From: The Will Company Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable on death or at certain stages during lifetime. For the purposes of this article we will look at the IHT charge payable on death which relates to the deceased’s estate. On death, the executors will calculate the...

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Trusting Millennials

Trusting Millennials

From: The Will Company It has been revealed that 1-in-4 Baby Boomers don’t trust the younger generation to use their inheritance wisely, according to a national survey by professional services firm, Progeny. Additionally, nearly half (48%) of Baby Boomers say the...

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Witnessing a Will

Witnessing a Will

from: The Society of Will Writers Manisha Chauhan To be valid a Will must comply with all of the requirements set out below which is found in section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. No will is valid unless:- It is in writing and signed by the testator, or by some other...

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Pay Inheritance Tax Online

Pay Inheritance Tax Online

from: The Will Company The August 2022 edition of HMRC’s Trusts and Estates newsletter explains how personal representatives can now pay their inheritance tax (IHT) bill online. It also warns taxpayers not to send cheques, original Wills, deeds, Powers of Attorney or...

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