Wills, Trusts and Probate News

What should a Personal Representative do when a beneficiary or creditor cannot be located?
Megan Manganaro talks us through the role of a personal representative and what they should do when a beneficiary or creditor cannot be located?
Protecting Charities' Inheritances
Figures released at the end of September 2019 to mark the 10th anniversary of “Remember a Charity” week suggests that the number of people leaving gifts to charities in their wills has increased year on year since the campaign was first launched.  In 2018 some £3billion was donated to charities in wills an increase of about 50% since 2008.
Plans dropped for an increase in Probate fees – a sigh of relief for bereaved families
This week has seen proposals for the controversial England and Wales Probate fee increase dropped, on grounds of unfairness and disproportionality. Megan Manganaro discusses...
Giving gifts as an attorney: some “do”s and “don’t”s for benefiting someone other than the donor
Inherent to the role of an attorney is the requirement, when making decisions of behalf of another (“the donor”), to consider the best interests of that individual...
Who dies first? It's a matter of probability
In the recent case of Scarle V Scarle the court had decide who died first in order to be able to determine who would inherit their estate.
Mutual and Mirror Wills – The same or similar?
The preparation and execution of mirror wills in this country is not unusual, particularly by spouses or those in long-term relationships. However, considerable caution should be exercised when preparing the same so as to ensure that the testator does not inadvertently execute a mutual will.
Income tops £15m for first time at Boyes Turner
The chief executive of Boyes Turner says ‘an exceptional year for an exceptional team’ has seen profits increase by more than 20% while revenue exceeded £15m for the first time in the law firm’s history.
Probate Fee Increase in Doubt
The implementation of new fees for Grants of Probate has been thrown into doubt, following a report this week by a parliamentary committee.
Government’s response to consultation on proposals to reform fees for Grants of Probate
The Ministry of Justice today published the Government’s response to consultation on proposals to reform fees for Grants of Probate.
Paul Lowery on the Anne Diamond show - Power of Attorney
Paul Lowery, partner and head of the Wealth Protection team at Boyes Turner in Reading spoke to Paul Coia on the Anne Diamond show, BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday morning (Thursday 15 December).

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