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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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Life insurance: is it subject to probate?

on Sep 29, 2021 10:00:36 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Probate
When a loved one dies and they have a life insurance or assurance policy, that policy may pay out a very significant sum. It’s only natural to question whether the payout forms part of their estate, which may be subject to probate, Inheritance Tax and other taxes, and also liable for any debts they may leave behind.
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Understanding Inheritance Tax & allowances

on Aug 26, 2021 11:45:50 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Gifts IHT Inheritance Tax
Inheritance Tax (IHT) can be a difficult concept to comprehend, especially for those who have never had to attempt the complex process of dealing with a loved one’s taxable estate before. To put it simply, IHT is a tax that is paid upon an estate of someone who has died.
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Celebrity deaths: Lessons for effective estate planning

Death remains to be a topic that many of us avoid thinking about and do not wish to discuss with our loved ones, which can sometimes lead to absent or ineffective estate planning. According to the ‘UK Wills & Probate Market 2020: Consumer Research Report’, less than 4 in 10 adults in the UK have made a Will, despite predictions that the COVID-19 pandemic would encourage more people to plan for the future.
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What can go wrong with the DIY probate approach?

The tasks that need to be considered following the death of a loved one are not something you will face on a regular basis. Therefore, knowing where to start can often be daunting and it can be a difficult process to get the ball rolling. Whilst many people opt to instruct an estate administration specialist to help, others choose the DIY (do it yourself) route in the hope of saving more money to maximise the amount of inheritance due to the beneficiaries of the estate.
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Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

on Jun 9, 2021 3:44:42 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Intestacy Will Wills
When someone dies without a Will, they are said to have died “intestate” and their estate must be distributed following the rules of intestacy. The intestacy rules are dictated by law in the country where the Deceased was domiciled. Unfortunately, understanding who inherits under the rules of intestacy is not always as straightforward as it may seem.
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What to do when someone dies and how COVID-19 has changed processes

on May 27, 2021 10:32:13 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Bereavement Death Executors
When a loved one passes away, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and it can often be a daunting process knowing where to start. The introduction of The Coronavirus Act 2020 that came into force throughout the United Kingdom in March last year (where most provisions will remain in force for two years with regular reviews by Parliament) has simplified the process of death certification for medical professionals. However, other tasks within the process have experienced delays and ongoing restrictions which have contributed to making a difficult time even more stressful. This blog aims to set out the different stages that need to be considered when a loved one passes away and will explore how COVID-19 has impacted processes.
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Complex intestacies: Why you should leave a Will

on May 18, 2021 11:18:08 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Case Study Intestacy Wills
At Kings Court Trust, we deal with a variety of different estates and we are sometimes faced with complex intestacies when someone dies without a Will. In this blog post, we share two particularly complicated case studies where family tree research has been required to identify the entitled heirs, all of which could have been avoided by leaving a Will.
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Dying matters: Selecting the Executors of your Will

on May 13, 2021 11:24:20 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Executors Wills
For many families, discussions about death are difficult to digest and for those who do manage to have the conversation, it’s often an uncomfortable one to have as it can be difficult to envisage how life will be without a loved one. Unfortunately, it's inevitable that we will all experience a loss at some point during our lifetime, and in many cases, this happens without previous discussion and little planning in place, which ultimately makes a difficult time even more challenging.
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