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Wills & Probate

PPR Conference 2017

PPR relates to the Professional Paralegal Register which is a voluntary registered scheme to promote professional paralegals as a recognised fourth arm of the legal profession. Their conference on 22nd June attracted our founder who is a member of the Institute of Paralegals together with other prominent Heir Hunters. Representatives of the Association of Probate Researchers and The International […]

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Statutory Wills

A statutory will is a way of making a will for somebody if they lack the mental capacity to make their own will. Applications need to be approved by the Court of Protection but once approved they have the same effect as if that person had capacity and had made their own will. The Court […]

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Probate Application Fees

Currently the application fee for a Grant of Probate for an estate is a flat fee of £215. There is no fee if the estate is under £5,000. The government are considering proposals for reforming the fee payable and a revised fee regime may be put in place where there would be banded fees that […]

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Free Wills Month!

October is Free Wills Month in England and Wales. The initiative brings together a number of well-respected charities and local solicitors who offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple Wills written or updated free of charge. There are several participating solicitors in selected locations around England and […]

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Wills & Probate Update

A disinherited daughter has won £164,000 challenging her mother’s will. Heather Ilott whose late mother left her whole estate to animal charities has won the six-figure payout in a decision legal experts have said could make wills more open to challenge. The money was awarded to Mrs Ilott by the Court of Appeal following a lengthy […]

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Bona Vacantia & Ultimus Haeres

‘Bona Vacantia’ means vacant goods and it is the name given to ownerless property, which by law passes to the Crown. In England and Wales the Treasury Solicitor acts for the Crown to administer the estates of people who die intestate (without a Will) and without known kin (entitled blood relatives). In Scotland where a […]

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Rules of Intestacy

New provisions of the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 come into force on the 1st October and they change the way in which a person’s estate is divided if they die without a valid will. If the deceased person has a spouse or civil partner but no children, their surviving partner will inherit everything. […]

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