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The Digitalisation of the Probate Registry

Josh Ryan

Posted by Josh Ryan | Solicitor
On 28th March 2019

The Probate Registry have recently announced that, from 4 March 2019, the style of the grant of probate (the Grant) will change. Previously, the Grant was personally signed by a District Registrar or a Probate Officer and had an embossed stamp, whereas now the new style Grant will have…

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A tax by any other name- proposed changes to probate court fees

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 9th November 2018

Just under two years after the threat of huge probate fee increases were dropped, they are back on the horizon. Instead of a flat fee of £215 for personal applications and £155 for solicitor applications, the fees will start at £250 for estates between £50,001 and £300,000 increasing to £6,000 for estates of over £2m. At its highest level, this is an increase of over 2,600%.

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Taking the complexities out of inheritance tax – Surely it’s time for change?

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 6th February 2018

The Chancellor has written to the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) asking them to review and simplify the inheritance tax (IHT) regime noting that it and the ‘system within which it operates, is particularly complex’. The OTS have been asked to look at the process of submitting returns, paying tax, routine estate planning and disclosure and the rules for gifting. So this is a very wide ranging review. At this stage, we have no idea when the report will be made and whether there will be any changes to the amounts of IHT that must be paid.

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Living Wills – who knew?

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 8th December 2017

This week, a significant award was made to the family of an 81 year old woman who was kept alive by a hospital, against her will. This case highlights the importance of not only making a valid living will (if you feel strongly about the issue), but also making sure the relevant people are aware you have done so.

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