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Probate is the legal term given to the administrative process that is followed after someone has died. It ends with the ‘Probate Registry’ issuing a ‘Grant of Probate’ OR, in the absence of a Will, a ‘Grant of Letters of Administration.’ The ‘Grant of Probate’ will usually be issued in around 4 and 8 weeks...


For those getting married for a second time, planning a new will can present issues, particularly with regard to children from a previous relationship. It is also the case that many people, marrying for the second time, are unaware of the affect that their new union will have on their existing will. Here, we explain...


In September 2020, the government allowed Wills to be witnessed via a live video facility. With the ongoing Covid situation, the ruling has been extended until 2024. Under the ‘1837 Wills Act,’ two witnesses signatures are required in the physical presence of the Testator (the person making the Will). With people shielding, social distancing and...


Many believe estate planning is just for the wealthy. However, the reality is that effective estate planning is an essential part of managing your assets and final wishes whilst trying to ensure your family’s financial stability once you have passed on. Estate planning isn’t just for the elderly either. The fact is, you don’t have...


Up until July 2019 and the implementation of ‘Claudia’s Law’, families of missing persons had no legal authority to deal with the property and financial affairs of a missing family member. Previously, a missing person had to be declared dead under the ‘Presumption of Death Act 2013;’ this could only be applied after a person...


When you die there is a process consisting of various stages, that needs to take place. Whilst it might seem a little macabre to consider this, it’s worth you and your loved ones understanding the process so that should the worst happen, they know what’s involved and have an understanding of what’s required of them....


Long before the Covid 19 pandemic, probate registry offices were experiencing long delays. Coronavirus has merely exacerbated these delays with short – staffed departments coming under increasing pressure leading to mistakes and yet further delays. This in turn is slowing down the move to digital where applications can be made online. These delays have but...


Whilst any Will can be contested for up to six months following death, having a specialist third party Will writing specialist to help formulate and produce your Will can greatly limit the possibility of a contentious probate, and family feud situation which can be a drawn out affair with high legal costs. An independent Will...

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Limit the Potential for a Contested Will and Family Feud

Limit the Potential for a Contested Will and Family Feud