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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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Breaking traditions and marking historical changes: how the royal baby highlights the importance of planning ahead

on May 20, 2019 10:59:57 AM 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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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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2018 in review

on Dec 11, 2018 3:43:11 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Inheritance Tax Legislation Probate Fees Wills
This year has been a big year for government-related announcements, including proposed probate fee changes, civil partnerships set to be extended to mixed-sex couples, and recommendations to simplify Inheritance Tax. 2018’s research papers have also revealed some interesting insights about the Will writing and financial service industries.
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Could there be a battle ahead over Prince’s fortune?

on Apr 26, 2016 2:30:33 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Wills
Prince is currently being mourned across the world by a generation of fans who adored his eclectic musical style, flamboyant stage presence and ground breaking albums. During his lifetime he sold over 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
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Rock star or not, everyone needs a Will

The death of David Bowie last month caused a generation to mourn the loss of one of the world's most charismatic musical stars.  The man associated with numerous wild and wacky on-stage personas was perhaps one of the last people you would associate with planning for his death and making sure that his financial situation was left in a highly organised manner.
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Average cost of professionally written Wills drop

The average cost of a standard Will produced by a solicitor has dropped in the UK, according to IRN Research.  Within the last 12 months, the cost of a professionally produced will has decreased from £124 to £118.
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Regulation of Will writing popular amongst the public

The public are in favour of Will writing becoming a regulated practice and are hoping the UK government will soon look to implement some form of regulation in the near future, according to the Law Gazette.
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Charity supporters update their Wills at 10,000 feet!

As part of Remember a Charity in your Will Week, a group of six pensioners decided to take to the skies to re-sign their Wills before sky diving from 10,000 feet. The stunt was just one of the activities to mark the annual awareness week which took place between 7-13 September and is designed to help the charity sector by encouraging more people to leave a gift to a good cause in their legacy.
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