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Wills, Trusts & Probate

When someone passes away, their loved ones are often left with numerous emotional and legal responsibilities. Two terms that frequently arise during this process are ‘power of attorney’ and ‘probate’. But how do they differ?
Our People - Andrew Guile
If a person lacks testamentary capacity, the Court of Protection can order a will, known as a statutory will, to be created on their behalf.
Our People - Samuel Cole
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
Receiving an inheritance can be the end of a complex process, and unfortunately, some beneficiaries find themselves in a situation where they haven't received the money they were left in a will.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
Most people appoint one or two executors and it’s wise to provide in your will for replacement executors in case one or more of the executors die before you or are unable or unwilling to act as executor after you die.
Our People - Andrew Guile
Anyone who has been involved in applying for a grant of probate and administering an estate after someone’s death, will know that the process is always time consuming and can be complex which can significantly impact the cost of probate.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Chryso Loizides
In this article, we will discuss the differences between updating your will and adding a codicil and which option may be best for you.
Our People - Chryso Loizides
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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?
Our People - Andrew Guile
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?
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile
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.
Our People - Andrew Guile

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