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Could the rise in number of unmarried couples be linked to increased Will disputes?

The Office of National Statistics has reported that there has been a 33% rise in the number of unmarried couples since 2005.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, during this time there has also been a rise in the problems which result when an unmarried partner dies without a Will. 
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96% of executors are unaware of their legal liability

on Apr 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | DIY Executors Industry News
Recent research has shown that while six million people have experience of acting as the executor of a Will, just 4% realise they are legally liable for the accurate distribution of the estate.
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Cost of funerals driving families into debt

on Mar 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Funeral Industry News
A report from the Work and Pensions Committee is urging an overhaul of the funeral support system with even the most basic funeral costs driving families into debt.
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Kings Court Trust’s response to the planned reform of Grant of Probate fees

on Mar 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Industry News Probate
Tomorrow is the deadline for companies and individuals to respond to the consultation to reform Grant of Probate fees.
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Change in Scottish legislation could impact validity of Wills

Earlier this year the Scottish Parliament passed the final stage of the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016.  The Act means that any ex-spouse or civil partner will no longer be able to inherit under a Will following a divorce or dissolution, unless the Will makes specific provision for them.
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Rise in public awareness sees more LPAs granted

Recent data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Today’s Wills and Probate has shown the number of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) granted annually has tripled between 2010 and 2015.
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Rise in probate fees could see bereaved families struggle

A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposal will result in a sharp rise in probate fees and potentially significant cash flow problems for bereaved families, reports The Telegraph.
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Charities to appeal decision in Ilott inheritance case

Three animal welfare charities have mounted an appeal to challenge a judge’s decision which allowed a woman’s estranged daughter to overturn her Will.
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Grieving families face significant rise in probate fees

Government proposals unveiled this week could result in a hundredfold increase in probate fees for some families, reports The Financial Times.  The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its plans to reduce the £1.1bn annual cost of running the court system by introducing a revised probate fees structure in England and Wales.
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