The Kings Court Trust Blog

Keeping you up-to-date with Wills, probate and estate administration industry news

Do I need a Solicitor for probate?

Locating important documents when someone dies: How to find a Will

What should I do when someone dies?

What is cryptocurrency and what happens to cryptoassets when someone dies?

Grant of Probate delays continue due to rising number of applications

Arranging and paying for a funeral: The things you need to know

What happens if a beneficiary cannot be found?

What happens to property when someone dies?

When is probate required? An overview of UK financial institution thresholds

Life insurance: is it subject to probate?

What is the difference between probate and estate administration?

8 life events that should trigger a Will update

How much Inheritance Tax is payable to HMRC on a deceased person's estate?

5 steps to creating a simple digital estate plan

Why are inheritance disputes on the rise?

Understanding Inheritance Tax & allowances

Celebrity deaths: Lessons for effective estate planning

What can go wrong with the DIY probate approach?

Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

What to do when someone dies and how COVID-19 has changed processes

Complex intestacies: Why you should leave a Will

Dying matters: Selecting the Executors of your Will

What will happen to Prince Philip’s multimillion pound estate?

How to leave your mark: 3 unusual ways to scatter cremation ashes

Ensuring your affairs are in order: The importance of estate planning

Will the Inheritance Tax rate rise to pay for the COVID-19 pandemic?

What happens to your loyalty points when you die?

Football hero, Diego Maradona’s complicated financial legacy

TV & radio presenter, Caroline Flack, left no plans for her £2m estate

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

Video Will witnessing to be made legal in England and Wales

Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

Legacy and in-memory giving set to double by 2045

Inheritance disputes set to increase as more British adults are willing to dispute a Will

The proposal to increase probate fees is dropped

New tax figures contribute to the rising cost of death

Could more changes to Inheritance Tax be on the horizon?

Cohabiting couple families continue to grow

Probate fees from July 2019

The Executor guide: Understanding your role

Who died first? The latest High Court battle over inheritance

Handwritten Will found under sofa cushion in Aretha Franklin’s home

Introducing our new probate and estate administration solutions

Inheritance Tax investigations: Executors liable for mistakes

The Office of Tax Simplification makes more recommendations to simplify Inheritance Tax

Probate applications continue to suffer severe delays

Understanding estate administration: A guide for families

Over £30million in Bitcoin stolen raising concerns about the safety of cryptocurrency

Breaking traditions and marking historical changes: how the royal baby highlights the importance of planning ahead

Probate applications suffer severe processing delays

HM Courts and Tribunals Service centralisation plan to include closing probate registries

The increasing need for end of life care: Can we handle it?

Businessman takes £105million worth of cryptocurrency to his grave

Sir Ken Dodd's lasting legacy avoids Inheritance Tax

The ongoing trend of leaving a digital legacy

HM Courts & Tribunals Service expands online probate application service

Case study: The estate of Mrs J

Electronic dance musician, Avicii, left no plans for his £20 million estate

2018 in review

The Office of Tax Simplification provides recommendations to simplify Inheritance Tax

The government move forward with changes to probate fees

Civil partnerships are set to be extended to mixed-sex couples

4 lessons we can learn from recent high profile deaths

Aretha Franklin reportedly died without a Will, leaving her multimillion pound estate to the rules of intestacy

Cryptocurrency: Understanding what it is and how it could impact future inheritances

Playing the Generation Game: Details of Bruce Forsyth's Will revealed

Why is the cost of death rising?

The risks and responsibilities of an Executor or Administrator: How to avoid a hefty Inheritance Tax bill

The royal wedding: The impact of marriage and changing family structures on Wills and estate administration

Prince’s heirs petition mismanaged money as legal fees escalate, leaving little to pass on

Bereavement damages only for married couples could be a thing of the past

Disputes over inheritance – ‘Modern life’ to blame?

Does the legal sector need to be more transparent about pricing?

New year, new Will?

What ever happened to the government’s new ‘death tax’?

In the news: Estate decimated by legal fees

Sir Bruce Forsyth - playing the Generation Game

Leave more for your loved ones. Plan ahead and make future savings.

Prince’s siblings will inherit his $200 million estate following a year long legal battle

Baby boomers unaware of risks of intestacy

Debt higher than savings for over 50s

Proposed probate fee increases scrapped ahead of General Election

Could the increase in probate fees be unlawful?

The majority of the population wants financial advice to deal with their retirement

Millions of Brits banking on inheritance windfalls

Remember a charity week 2016

Record number of charitable legacies left in 2015

Government makes changes to Inheritance Tax rules for non-doms

Judge overturns Will after brothers challenge its validity

Why is it important to talk about dying?

Britain’s top billionaire avoids huge Inheritance Tax bill

I’ve been named as an executor. What does this mean?

A quick guide to Inheritance Tax

Going the extra mile for our customers

Keeping your Will safe - Why is it important?

As an executor, am I personally liable?

What’s involved in the estate administration process?

What happens to your estate if you die without a Will?

First steps after death

How to deal with Trusts in Wills

Citizen’s Advice reports sharp rise in queries regarding intestate estates

What needs to be done when someone dies? The importance of administering the estate

What happens to your digital legacy when you die?

Why should I prepare a Will?

What is a LPA and how would it help me?

Lucian Freud’s estate uses portrait to offset Inheritance Tax bill

Could there be a battle ahead over Prince’s fortune?

Lynda Bellingham’s sons taking legal action to challenge her Will

Significant increase in homeowners liable for Inheritance Tax

70% want to leave a legacy for their grandchildren

How Kings Court Trust ensures that your inheritance is safe

Inheritance Tax payments jump to record levels

Could the rise in number of unmarried couples be linked to increased Will disputes?

96% of executors are unaware of their legal liability

Cost of funerals driving families into debt

Kings Court Trust’s response to the planned reform of Grant of Probate fees

Majority of people unaware of risks posed by DIY Wills

Change in Scottish legislation could impact validity of Wills

Rise in probate fees could see bereaved families struggle

Rise in public awareness sees more LPAs granted

Charities to appeal decision in Ilott inheritance case

Grieving families face significant rise in probate fees

Rock star or not, everyone needs a Will

9/10 customers would recommend us to a loved one

The emotional stress of dealing with a bereavement

Merry Christmas From Kings Court Trust

Average cost of professionally written Wills drop

The risk of miscalculating your Inheritance Tax - You could be branded a criminal

Regulation of Will writing popular amongst the public

UK Councils pick up £1.7m bill for so-called 'paupers funerals'

Banks change limits on monetary releases following death

Labour makes calls for significant changes to Inheritance Tax Laws

Can I reclaim inheritance tax on my father's shares now that the value has fallen?

Charity supporters update their Wills at 10,000 feet!

The Responsibilities of Becoming an Executor

Lower inheritances leading to more disputes and fraud cases

Bereavement Services - The modern approach to supporting your clients

How to manage your estate in the digital age

Kings Court Trust Helps to Develop Government Framework for New Probate Apprenticeship

The most peculiar Will requests

Inheritance Tax relief on charitable donations leading to more contested Wills

DIY Wills "could cause family disputes" warns legal expert

Ten of the strangest Wills of all time

Legacy income boost for charities

President of Gabon to give away inheritance

Do you fully understand the new Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations?

Over 33% of Brits reliant on inheritance for financial future

The new Inheritance Tax rules - Good news or too complicated to understand?

272-year-old legacy could see teenage boys receive £20,000

Landmark Ilott ruling may boost demand for professional Will writing

More than 16% of over 60s leave a charitable donation in their Will

Daughter excluded from mother's Will wins £164k inheritance in landmark case

Businessman leaves £8m worth of Ferraris to RNLI in Will

British public failing to make inheritance plans

Do you still need a foreign Will to cover your European holiday home?

What Not to Do When Estate Planning

Man hides inheritance from government to claim benefits

How a cheap Will could leave your family in ruins

How a £90 Will from Barclays cost a woman half her father's house

What do our Wills say about us?

Thousands of UK families to miss out on IHT break

Charities win landmark legal battle over 'death bed gift'

Fake Will salesman jailed

Cinderella-like figure has £120k Inheritance stolen from half-sisters

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 18-24 May 2015

Long-term estate planning - the new norm?

25% of Brits won't leave an inheritance

Unregulated probate providers a risk to elderly individuals

Blackadder actress' Will leaves fortune to be divided amongst children

Councillor found guilty of defrauding disabled brother out of inheritance

Landowners offered new route to protect their land for future generations

Heir of multi-millionaire jailed for IHT evasion

What Exactly is a Will?

Artwork from Lucien Freud estate left to UK galleries

How Inheritance Tax (IHT) could be made fairer for all

Probate lawyer wins revolutionary Inheritance case

New IHT rules herald changes to Wills

When William Herd died he left £300,000 but his only son never saw a penny: Why you must write a Will

Facebook Legacy Contacts Now Available

First Steps After a Death

Looking to spend your children's inheritance?

Dying in Leeds one of the highest costs in the country

Will writing services now available on shopping channel

Online Wills searched more than six million times in one month

Older separating couples failing to update Wills

The effects of unregulated Will writing highlighted

Case Study: 'Wills on Fire!'

Reforms to IHT promised by conservatives ahead of general election

Daughter of pilot enters into row with MoD regarding IHT

Mother revealed to have stolen £20k of daughter's inheritance

Millions of Wills now available online

Lack of Dementia Diagnoses Leading to Rise in Will Disputes

Legacy of Victorian Explorer Discovered by English Law Firm

IHT Discussed in Autumn Statement

IHT Break Estate Criticised for Limiting Public Access to Land

Beneficiaries of Farm Permitted to Sell Land Despite Will Dispute

Cohabitants Could Inherit Nothing Under New Intestacy Laws

Inheritance Tax for Council Tenants

Baby Boomers Likely to Spend Inheritance Rather Than Save

35% of Over 50s Have No Will