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Grant of Probate delays continue due to rising number of applications

Bereaved families administering a loved one’s estate continue to face delays with Grant of Probate applications in England and Wales. A recent STEP article reports that 23,572 applications were received by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) in January 2022. This is an increase of 5,297 (29%) on the 18,275 applications received in December 2021 for probate. The article also states that 2021 was the second-highest year in the past ten years for Grants issued.
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Arranging and paying for a funeral: The things you need to know

on Apr 13, 2022 11:15:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Funeral
Arranging a funeral is a task that needs to be completed upon a death, but it can make an already difficult time even more stressful for those dealing with a bereavement. We appreciate that there is a lot to think about, so we have created this blog post to outline what is involved in arranging a funeral and how you can afford the funeral expenses.
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What happens when missing beneficiaries can’t be found?

on Mar 23, 2022 12:57:04 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Beneficiaries Intestacy
When someone passes away, their loved ones and those dealing with their estate are left with a variety of tasks that must be completed before inheritance can be distributed. If the beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate cannot be found, this can cause additional stress and work at a time that is already difficult.
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What happens to property when someone dies?

on Mar 17, 2022 10:01:59 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Bereavement Property
One question that we frequently get asked is “What happens to a property when someone dies?”. Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and ensuring that a property is dealt with correctly is one of the many responsibilities involved in estate administration. Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is a difficult and emotional process; therefore, it’s important to understand what to do with the deceased’s property to avoid any further stress and anxiety.
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When is probate required? An overview of UK financial institution thresholds

Probate, also known as Grant of Probate, may be needed when someone passes away. Obtaining probate provides the Executor(s) or Administrator(s) with the authority to act on behalf of the estate and proceed with the estate administration process.
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What is the difference between probate and estate administration?

When someone close to you dies, it is easy to get overwhelmed when considering the upcoming tasks and the unfamiliar language associated with them. Firstly, it is important to understand the basics; this blog post aims to answer some of the most common questions associated with handling an individual’s estate after they have died, including:
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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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5 steps to creating a simple digital estate plan

on Nov 11, 2021 10:16:03 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Assets Digital Assets Legacy Will Partner Support
When someone starts planning for the management of their estate, it often includes things like who will inherit property, who may care for a dependent child or what should happen with various personal belongings. One thing that often gets overlooked is what happens to their digital assets.
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Why are inheritance disputes on the rise?

Due to more dynamic family structures and individuals increasingly owning more assets than ever before, it may not come as a surprise that inheritance disputes have been on the rise since 2015. Last year the Financial Times reported that contested Wills in the High Court had reached an all-time high in 2019, with an increase of 47 per cent on 2018. This blog looks at some common causes for inheritance disputes, what can be done to resolve them, and how to avoid them altogether.
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