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Artwork from Lucien Freud estate left to UK galleries

We occasionally come across stories in the news relating to high profile artworks and artefacts that have been left to public bodies in high-profile wills, but the latest news relates to artwork owned by the late Lucian Freud that has been left to various UK galleries in lieu of inheritance tax (IHT), The Art Newspaper reports.
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When William Herd died he left £300,000 but his only son never saw a penny: Why you must write a Will

We’re sure you were as equally shocked as we were to hear about this case today. Stuart Herd’s widowed father, William, remarried at 67. His son Stuart was delighted as he’d feared his father would live out the rest of his days alone, after the death of his wife, Freda, in 1986.
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Will writing services now available on shopping channel

Now this story certainly caught our eye – according to the Leicester Mercury, legal firm Legacy Probate Services have announced that they are to begin offering funerals and will writing services via a popular TV shopping channel based in Peterborough, called Ideal World. The Leicester-based firm will begin offering these services from April this year.
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Online Wills searched more than six million times in one month

We were quite excited to discover that a number of wills – some from incredibly famous stars, were to be made available online for those interested. Apparently we weren’t the only ones and more than six million people have also used the archive to buy copies of wills in only one month.
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Older separating couples failing to update Wills

An interesting subject seems to be trending at the moment, "silver separators”, this is when older couples are separating much later on in life and are failing to update their wills with their change of circumstance.
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The effects of unregulated Will writing highlighted

Every now and then we like to remind ourselves why certain rules and regulations exist, and a recent article published on the Third Sector website does just this by looking at the negative effects the practice of unregulated will writing can have on individuals and organisations alike.
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Millions of Wills now available online

on Jan 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Writing Industry News Will Making Wills
A story that recently caught our attention was about the wills of Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens and Princess Diana being made accessible online. This, according to a report from the BBC, is thanks to a new government database that allows members of the public to search wills from England and Wales as far back as 1858.
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Lack of Dementia Diagnoses Leading to Rise in Will Disputes

This is a particularly sad story regarding will writing, but one that we thought was particularly important to cover; as was recently reported by Legal Futures, the stigma of dementia is leading to a number of individuals keeping their condition hidden, which is in fact leading to a rise in the number of wills being disputed in the UK.
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35% of Over 50s Have No Will

Here at KCT, we came across an article on the Cover Magazine website this week which stated that around 35% of those aged over 50 have no will. This is according to research from RIAS, which was conducted during the recent Will Aid Month, and found that there seemed to be wide-spread confusion among respondents regarding what happens to an estate if the person dies intestate.
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