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Probate - Administration of Estates

Good News From The Probate Registry

There is good news for those awaiting probate. There has been a recruitment drive at His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and with training of new staff now complete, it is hoped the…

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Carlton Aldo Watts v Jobyna Watts

The son of 92-year-old woman who claimed his mother’s will was forged lost his case. In Carlton Aldo Watts v Jobyna Watts, the claimant’s attempt to show he was dishonestly disinherited from his late…

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Wealthy businessman attempts to leave his estate solely to male heirs, cutting wife and daughters out

In a recent case in the Royal Courts of Justice we discovered that wealthy businessman, Karnail Singh, who died in 2021, made a will with the intent to leave his estate ‘solely down the…

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The Complex Procedure of Applying for Probate

Probate Fee Increase

From the 26th January 2022 the fee for probate applications in England and Wales will increase to £273 for both professional and personal applications.

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Changes to applications for Probate

Applying for Probate comes with a significant amount of form filling and it is important to make sure the correct information is included.  It can be a complicated procedure and there are set to…

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The Complex Procedure of Applying for Probate

Probate Chaos… again!

Executors are once again experiencing huge delays in being able to obtain a Grant of Probate which in turn leads to delays in administering Estates.

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Deeds of Variation and Quick Succession Relief

Elderly clients with no children often leave their Estates to siblings who are also elderly. This can lead to a tax charge on two Estates, sometimes one within a short time of the other….

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We are LGBTQ+ Friendly Solicitors

An LGBTQ+ friendly solicitor is a solicitor that has experience in advising clients who identify as being part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community.

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Unusual Applications For a Grant of Probate

Author: Faye Harlow Smith. Solicitor, LLB (Hons) Our private client department has a wealth of experience of making applications to the Probate Registry in unusual or tricky situations so if you are trying to…

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Will Making and Social Distancing: Overcoming the Challenges

You may have read our recent blog post on Will Making in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, which set out some of the challenges currently faced by legal practitioners who prepare Wills. We…

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