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Do I need a Solicitor for probate?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed, which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The Executor (if there is a Will) or Administrator (if there is no Will) is responsible for administering the deceased’s estate as per the wishes in their Will. They should consider: Whether probate is needed What’s involved in the probate process Whether a probate Solicitor is required In this blog, we aim to answer these queries and alleviate confusion around the probate application process.
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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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8 life events that should trigger a Will update

Life isn’t predictable nor does it happen in any specific order. Some people may get married at 21 or others at 60. Some may get divorced while others may have an opportunity to move to a new continent every few years.  Whatever path we are led down in life, there is one thing that applies to us all – we will experience events that trigger the need to create and update a Will.
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Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

When someone dies without a Will, they are said to have died “intestate” and their estate must be distributed following the rules of intestacy. The intestacy rules are dictated by law in the country where the Deceased was domiciled. Unfortunately, understanding who inherits under the rules of intestacy is not always as straightforward as it may seem.
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Complex intestacies: Why you should leave a Will

on 18-May-2021 11:18:08 By | Kings Court Trust | Case Study Intestacy Wills
At Kings Court Trust, we deal with a variety of different estates and we are sometimes faced with complex intestacies when someone dies without a Will. In this blog post, we share two particularly complicated case studies where family tree research has been required to identify the entitled heirs, all of which could have been avoided by leaving a Will.
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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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TV & radio presenter, Caroline Flack, left no plans for her £2m estate

on 01-Dec-2020 11:51:27 By | Kings Court Trust | Will Writing Intestacy Wills Celebrity
In February 2020, the heartbreaking news broke that Caroline Flack, the popular TV and radio presenter, best known for presenting Love Island, sadly took her life at the age of 40.
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