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Rules of intestacy: What happens when you die without a Will

on Jun 9, 2021 3:44:42 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Intestacy Will Wills
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 May 18, 2021 11:18:08 AM 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 May 13, 2021 11:24:20 AM 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?

on Feb 18, 2021 10:21:37 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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TV & radio presenter, Caroline Flack, left no plans for her £2m estate

on Dec 1, 2020 11:51:27 AM 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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Video Will witnessing to be made legal in England and Wales

on Aug 6, 2020 10:43:45 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Making Wills
As of September 2020, the Wills Act 1837 will be amended to allow the two Will witnesses to be virtually or physically present.
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Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

It’s no secret - the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has posed several challenges to almost every aspect of our lives. The Wills and probate industry is no exception.
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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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