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

on 14-Jun-2022 17:16:15 By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Will Registration Wills
A step that often causes family members additional stress and anxiety when someone dies is locating the deceased’s important documents. This includes the Will, which details the Testator’s wishes regarding how they want their estate to be distributed. Unfortunately, locating a Will and other important documents can sometimes be a difficult and time-consuming process for loved ones coming to terms with a death. That’s why this blog will explore how to find a Will, what happens if you can’t find a Will, and the benefits of storing estate planning documents with a professional storage provider.
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What is cryptocurrency and what happens to cryptoassets when someone dies?

As many aspects of our lives move to the digital world, it’s unsurprising that the task of dealing with a loved one’s digital assets when they pass away is becoming increasingly common. A digital asset that is frequently making the headlines due to its growing popularity is cryptocurrency. Due to cryptocurrency only recently emerging (in the first decade of the twenty-first century), many are still unaware of what cryptocurrency is and may simply overlook the stage of dealing with cryptoassets during estate administration.
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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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Dying matters: Selecting the Executors of your Will

on 13-May-2021 11:24:20 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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Ensuring your affairs are in order: The importance of estate planning

Death is not a subject that we like to consider or discuss, however, planning ahead is more important than ever to ensure your affairs are in order before your passing. Regardless of your age, wealth, health or status, planning for your future can guarantee your wishes are followed and ensure your loved ones get the full benefit of your legacy. Taking the necessary steps and precautions during your lifetime can also eliminate any unnecessary stress that your loved ones may face when administering your estate when the times comes.
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What happens to your loyalty points when you die?

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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Football hero, Diego Maradona’s complicated financial legacy

The Argentine football icon, Diego Maradona, passed away in November after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60. Maradona’s passing has caused speculation about his wealth and complicated financial legacy, as it’s been suspected that he passed away without a Will.
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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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Breaking traditions and marking historical changes: how the royal baby highlights the importance of planning ahead

on 20-May-2019 10:59:57 By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Wills
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle on the 19th of May 2018. Almost one year on, in the early hours of the 6th May 2019 the couple welcomed baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, into the family.
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