Why use a solicitor to make your will?

It’s commonly thought that a will is a simple document. It lists your wishes on how your estate (property, bank account, savings etc.) should be passed on after your death. In explanation, it sounds simple, but the actual process of completing a will makes the process complicated. The legal consequences of a will are immense. You are passing on significant assets in your name to people who you may or may not know. Detailing this in a will has to follow certain rules, the will itself needs to abide by a criteria in order to be legally binding. Most people...

A guide to getting a divorce in the UK

Ending a marriage can be a testing and emotionally draining challenge that can be an unhoped for bump in the road of life. Though emotions and attachments can be very complicated, the divorce process doesn’t always have to be. Family law solicitors and mediators are here to guide you through the process to make it as smooth as it can be. The blog post will guide you through the process by showing you the normal divorce process, what ‘mediation’ is and what to do regarding children or financial arrangements. The Divorce Process The following steps outline the normal course that...

Managing Affairs of Someone who has Lost Capacity

In an unfortunate case where a close one has lost mental capacity, you have the ability to be able to deal with their matters if they have created a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). An LPA is a legal document which allows an individual to appoint a person, or people, to make decisions on their behalf if they lose the mental capacity to make certain decisions. Read our LPA frequently asked questions for more LPA’s are very important in letting people manage affairs of someone who isn’t able to anymore. There are two types of LPA’s, one which deals with...

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...