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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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Legacy and in-memory giving set to double by 2045

on Feb 11, 2020 12:59:21 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Charity Legacy legacy Foresight Wills
The number of gifts left to charities in Wills each year is set to increase from 120,000 to 200,000 by 2045, reaching a value of £10 billion. This is due to various factors including increases in deaths, more individuals leaving behind Wills and a higher proportion of people leaving gifts in their Will, according to a report by Legacy Foresight.
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What to Do When Someone Dies: Do I Need a Probate Solicitor?

Following a bereavement, there are a number of tasks that need to be considered and completed which can make an already difficult time even more stressful. The things you might need to consider is whether you need probate, what’s involved in the probate process and if you need a probate solicitor. In this blog post, we aim to answer these queries and take away the confusion that surrounds this topic.
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Cohabiting couple families continue to grow

on Sep 25, 2019 12:38:01 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Wills Family Dynamics Cohabiting Couples
The latest family and household figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the number of cohabiting couple families continues to grow. Between 2008 to 2018, there has been a 25.8% increase in families of this type. Cohabiting couple families are even growing faster than married couple and lone parent families.
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The Executor guide: Understanding your role

on Aug 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Executors Wills
A substantial number of people act as an Executor every year, however, many people are still unaware of the responsibilities that come with the role. This guide aims to explain what it means to be an Executor, as well as what tasks could be involved. It also shares the risks you’ll face in the role, and inform you of your options when it comes to acting as an Executor.
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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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