Growing value of estates, inheritance and family feuds

Hectic and eclectic, the East End of London has always been a melting pot of vibrant neighbourhoods. Over the last 30 years, the area has transformed from rough-around-the-edges to the hottest joint in town. House prices in the area have rocketed, with prices set to rise another 15.3% by 2020. For those who joined the property market in the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s, East London has become a very tidy nest egg indeed. If you’re a London resident there’s no doubt that you’ve taken how much your house is worth into consideration. This dramatic increase in house prices has enabled...

Making a claim against an estate

After the death of a person, their Will can be contested by relatives, dependents and others. A claim can be made for ‘reasonable financial provision’ in the Court. Similarly, if a person died without a will, the claim can be made under intestacy rules. Who can make a claim against the estate? Not everyone can make a claim against the estate, the following people may be able to make a claim: A spouse or civil partner Former spouse or civil partner who hasn’t remarried or registered a new civil partnership; they should also not have a court order barring them...

How long does probate take?

The term Probate is commonly used to refer to both the ‘Grant of Probate’ that gives the legal right to deal with the deceased’s assets, and also the whole process of administrating someone’s estate when they die. Grant of Probate If the estate left behind contains property or has a large value, then it is likely that the executor will have to apply for a Grant of Probate. If the deceased left a will you will need to apply for a ‘grant of representation’. If there is no valid will, you will apply for a ‘letter of representation’. Once the...

The 10 strangest personal injury claims

If you’ve ever seen You’ve Been Framed, then you’ll know that injuries can happen in the most unpredictable ways. No matter how strange your injury is, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to come forward with an injury claim. There are plenty of weird and wonderful injury claims out there- here’s just a few of them. 1. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the US that is to blame for ‘compensation culture’ in the UK. In actual fact, we’ve had personal injury claims going back to the Victorian times. In 1886, an artist from Swansea was blown down by a gust of...

Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Migrant – What’s the difference?

Since the summer of 2015, the so-called ‘Refugee Crisis’ has had lots of column space. The plight of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing overseas has been well documented. Peoples from Syria, Kosovo, Eritrea, Albania, Senegal, Afghanistan, Somalia and other countries are running from violence and danger in their home countries and attempting to find a safe haven abroad. Such large movements of people in such a small space of time has attracted lots of public attention and had enormous effects on destination countries in the E.U. Borders have been closed, politicians have panicked and the media have gone into...