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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Probate without a will, also known as intestacy, presents a unique set of challenges in the UK's legal landscape. When an individual passes away without a will, the distribution of their estate is governed by specific rules, and the process involves obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration.
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When it comes to making important decisions about healthcare and personal matters, individuals have legal tools at their disposal to ensure their wishes are honoured. Two commonly used instruments are the Living Will and the Lasting Power of Attorney. Although both serve similar purposes, they differ in significant ways.
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In this article, we will discuss the differences between updating your will and adding a codicil and which option may be best for you.
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Probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially if the estate is large or has multiple beneficiaries. A probate solicitor can help guide you through the probate process and ensure that everything is handled correctly.
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If you’re dealing with an estate which includes a house, flat or land which is to be sold or transferred, you are likely to need a grant of representation (probate, or letters of administration) to complete the transfer or sale.
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An administrator of an estate is the person who looks after the probate process including valuing the estate, paying any inheritance tax due, applying for probate, collecting the assets and distributing the assets to the beneficiaries.
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Probate can take anywhere from a few months to 1-2 years to complete. What are the key stages involved and what can delay the probate process?
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A gift with reservation occurs where, for example, a parent gifts their home to their children and continues to live in the property. How does this impact Inheritance tax and what is the 7-year rule for lifetime gifts?
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A beneficiary of a will or an intestacy has a right to receive their inheritance. While the responsibility for administering the estate and paying out the money lies with the executors, beneficiaries do have legal rights in the UK.
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If the executor of a will dies, someone else can step in to administer the estate. Who can do this depends upon at what stage in the probate process, the executor has died and whether or not there are any surviving executors.
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Executors can act together or alone, but an executor cannot go against the terms of the will, breach their fiduciary duty, fail to act, self-deal, embezzle or harm the estate through neglect.
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A person who dies without leaving a will is said to have died ‘intestate’ and their estate (their money and property) will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. Normally, only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.
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Probate is generally required for estate administration and is usually needed if a person has significant assets or owns a property in their sole name. However, the threshold for money can vary between individual banks and financial institutions.
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Andrew Guile explains how you go about challenging a person's will or intestacy if you believe that the will is invalid or where you believe that you have not received any or any adequate provision.
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The primary duty of an executor is to carry out the wishes of the deceased, include locating the original will, sorting out finances and applying for probate.
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Whether you are an executor (appointed by a will) or an administrator (given powers to administer the estate by the Probate Registry where there is no will, known as an ‘intestacy’) there are five key stages to the probate process.
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In short, yes, an executor can be a beneficiary of a will, in fact, it’s quite normal for that to be the case. But what are the differences between the two?
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GN LAW receives Bronze Star for raising over £400,000 for Cancer Research UK through its FREE WILL SERVICE
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Guide for the executors or personal representatives of the deceased’s estate, looking at the connection between cryptocurrency and probate.
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Chryso Loizides looks at cryptocurrency and what clients need to think about when ensuring that they can leave their cryptocurrency to the beneficiaries in their will.
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