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Kate Garraway's story shines the spotlight on the importance of an LPA

It’s a thought no one enjoys pondering, but what would happen if we fell ill or had an accident and were unable to make important decisions for ourselves? Many people believe this only applies as we get older, however, no one is immune to an unfortunate circumstance, which makes it all the more important to think about and plan for sooner rather than later.
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Video Will witnessing to be made legal in England and Wales

on Aug 6, 2020 10:43:45 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Making Wills
As of September 2020, the Wills Act 1837 will be amended to allow the two Will witnesses to be virtually or physically present.
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Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

It’s no secret - the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has posed several challenges to almost every aspect of our lives. The Wills and probate industry is no exception.
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8 life events that should trigger a Will update

Life isn’t predictable nor does it happen in any specific order. Some people may get married at 21 or others at 60. Some may get divorced while others may have an opportunity to move to a new continent every few years.  Whatever path we are led down in life, there is one thing that applies to us all – we will experience events that trigger the need to create and update a Will.
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Legacy and in-memory giving set to double by 2045

on Feb 11, 2020 12:59:21 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Charity Legacy legacy Foresight Wills
The number of gifts left to charities in Wills each year is set to increase from 120,000 to 200,000 by 2045, reaching a value of £10 billion. This is due to various factors including increases in deaths, more individuals leaving behind Wills and a higher proportion of people leaving gifts in their Will, according to a report by Legacy Foresight.
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Inheritance disputes set to increase as more British adults are willing to dispute a Will

on Jan 9, 2020 2:52:00 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Disputes Inheritance Disputes
Recent research highlights the increasing likelihood of disputes over inheritance. According to Direct Line Life Insurance, 12.6 million British adults would be prepared to dispute a Will and go to court if they disagreed with the division of their relative’s estate. On average, 22% of UK residents would contest a loved one’s Will, 13% would be willing to contest their parent’s Will, and 11% would contest their partner’s Will*.
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What to Do When Someone Dies: Do I Need a Probate Solicitor?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and completed which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The things you might need to consider is whether you need probate, what’s involved in the probate process and if you need a probate solicitor. In this blog post, we aim to answer these queries and take away the confusion that surrounds this topic.
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The proposal to increase probate fees is dropped

on Oct 23, 2019 10:02:04 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Probate Fees Tax Probate Delays
On Monday 14th October the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, announced that the proposal to dramatically increase probate fees will be withdrawn after months of awaiting parliamentary approval.
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New tax figures contribute to the rising cost of death

on Oct 21, 2019 11:39:43 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Death Industry News Inheritance Tax
A recent report by the Taxpayers’ Alliance projects that the government will receive £5.35 billion in Inheritance Tax from grieving relatives in the 2019 to 2020 tax year. This is the highest amount of Inheritance Tax ever collected in by the government and it’s predicted to keep growing.
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