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

Aretha Franklin died on the 16th of August 2018 at the age of 76 after an ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. Recent news reports have now revealed how a handwritten Will has been discovered under a sofa cushion in the Queen of Soul’s home in Detroit. To ensure the Will’s validity, it is being examined by a handwriting expert.
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Introducing our new probate and estate administration solutions

At Kings Court Trust we’ve always been passionate about helping families at the difficult time of dealing with a bereavement. We achieve this by taking care of the practicalities after death so you can focus on life’s important moments. We’re pleased to announce a group of new estate solutions that will allow us to help even more families.
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Probate applications continue to suffer severe delays

Back in May 2019, we wrote about how probate registries in England and Wales were suffering from processing delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. We’re now a couple of months down the line and the backlog continues. Therefore, we wanted to provide our clients and business partners with another update.
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Understanding estate administration: A guide for families

on Jun 24, 2019 11:55:18 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Probate
Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks to be considered and completed. These tasks are not always straightforward and can include dealing with difficult legal and tax affairs. We understand that this can make an already difficult time even more stressful. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you understand your responsibilities and options, as well as what needs to be done.
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Probate applications suffer severe processing delays

Probate Registries in England and Wales are currently reporting severe delays on Grant of Probate and Grant of Letter of Administration applications. Due to the rollout of a new IT case management system, the process has been dramatically slowed down. This means that it’s taking longer for the Registries to process applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration.  
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Businessman takes £105million worth of cryptocurrency to his grave

on Mar 20, 2019 4:50:31 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency has only become a popular topic of conversation in the last few years so it may come as a surprise to learn that cryptocurrencies have been in existence for over a decade. As cryptocurrency celebrated its 10th birthday, the digital currency hit the headlines as a man died suddenly without sharing his computer password or recovery key.
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What happens to your loyalty points when you die?

on Feb 28, 2019 10:38:20 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Estate Planning Wills
As we shop, many of us collect loyalty points from multiple companies and throughout a lifetime this can amount to a substantial value. So what happens to unclaimed loyalty points when we die? This blog post explores how different retailers treat rewards and points after death.
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Case study: The estate of Mrs J

on Jan 24, 2019 10:59:43 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Case Study
Mrs J was widowed and lived in Birmingham. Mrs J left behind her two children (Jackie and Jim) and four grandchildren. At the time of her death, she was a renting tenant, had small cash assets and had accounts with various institutions. Kings Court Trust were instructed to complete the estate administration one month after Mrs J’s death. Her estate appeared to be straightforward, except for one thing. A few years before Mrs J passed, her brother died. Mrs J inherited her late brother’s property in the Republic of Ireland.
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Electronic dance musician, Avicii, left no plans for his £20 million estate

on Jan 15, 2019 11:55:38 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Will Celebrity
Musician, DJ and record producer, Avicii died on 20th April 2018 after reportedly taking his own life. The Swedish electronic dance artist whose real name was Tim Bergling was born in 1989.  Despite being just 28 years of age at the time of his death, he left behind an incredible legacy through his musical career and charitable gifts, and a sizeable estate, reportedly worth £20 million.
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