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

on Aug 29, 2018 11:51:19 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Beneficiaries Intestacy Will Celebrity
After a near six decades in the spotlight, Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, reportedly without leaving a Will. The Queen of Soul passed away at her home in Detroit on Thursday the 16th of August, after an on-going battle with pancreatic cancer.
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No Family & No Will?

on Feb 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Intestacy
If a person dies without any known blood relatives and without leaving a Will, it is the Bona Vacantia division of the Treasury Solicitor’s department that is tasked with administering the estate.
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Treasury Doubles Income From Assets of People Dying Intestate

on Jun 19, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Estate Planning Intestacy
The value of assets owned by Britons who die intestate has nearly doubled in just a year, which means that the estates of more and more people are being transferred to HM Treasury.
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Court Decides Next of Kin Inherit After Declaring Will Invalid

on Apr 2, 2013 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Blog Intestacy Will
A High Court judge has ruled that the will of an 80-year-old woman, which left her inheritance to her closest friends, is invalid after concluding that she was mentally unstable when conveying her final wishes, the Daily Mail reported.
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Fortune Lies Unclaimed as 6 in 10 Scots Die Intestate

on Jul 26, 2012 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Blog Intestacy
An estimated 60% of Scottish people who die each year have not written a Will, leaving behind a yet-to-be claimed pot of assets including cash, pensions, property and investments.
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What Happens to your Estate When You Die Without a Will? Are the Rules Changing?

Although we are free to make a will so that, when we die, we can leave our assets to whoever we like, we are also free to die without having made a will – or intestate – so that the state decides how our estate will be divided up. Either way, if we leave behind people who need and could reasonably expect financial help from our estate, the law can step in to make sure they get it under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The intestacy rules in England and Wales are set out in the Administration of Estates Act 1925 and have not materially changed since their creation. Nick Beetham looks at amendments proposed by The Law Commission after exhaustive research and consultation.
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Storing Wills: Don't Spread Important Documents Around too Thinly

As part of its service, Kings Court Trust provides a safe, dry and secure Will storage facility.  Testators have a lot invested in their will – not just the costs of having it professionally written, but also the effects it will have when the need for probate arises.  From a prudent risk management perspective, testators should consider the wisdom of simply keeping such an important document with their papers at home where the Will could, conceivably, become lost or be destroyed inadvertently or even on purpose. Fires and floods do happen and risk of loss is increased at stressful times as when moving house.
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A Perfect Storm

Although it can be risky, administering an estate is usually relatively straightforward to the experienced practitioner. Occasionally, though, some elements of a particular estate will test the mettle of the best. Nicholas Beetham looks at a recent “perfect storm” estate which, although demanding, presented no more than a welcome challenge to Kings Court, who administered it smoothly and without fuss.
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