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Public ‘at risk’ as Will writing remains unregulated

5th August 2013 | Wills & Probate

The Law Society says the Government decision not to regulate will writing puts the public at risk of being exploited by unqualified and unscrupulous practitioners. Many legal services are strictly regulated but Will writing is not. The Law Society and the Legal Services Board have long campaigned for stricter controls to protect the public but the Government has decided not to take any action. The decision means that anyone can set up in business providing Will writing and probate...


Now it’s quicker and easier to register Lasting Powers of Attorney

5th August 2013 | Wills & Probate

Setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) has become easier and quicker following changes to the registration process. Lasting Powers of Attorney enable you to appoint someone you trust to look after your affairs if you reach a point in the future where you can no longer make decisions for yourself due to ill health. They can also be used if you want to appoint someone to look after your affairs if you are simply too busy or plan to live abroad for long periods. The property and...


Nieces successfully challenge their aunt’s Will

2nd August 2013 | Wills & Probate

Nieces Challenge Will Claiming Aunt Lacked Testamentary Capacity | Middletons Solicitors Two women have successfully challenged their aunt’s Will after discovering that they were to inherit nothing from her estate. The court heard that the aunt was very frail and confused in the latter years of her life. Her two nieces kept in touch with her but after the death of her husband, she was also befriended by a married couple who started to help her in several ways. They did her shopping...


Family disputes over wills ‘increase by 700%’

28th June 2013 | Wills & Probate

Family Dispute Over Wills Increase Dramatically | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  The number of family disputes over wills has increased dramatically, according to research carried out by the Independent newspaper. Its figures show that the number of actions in the High Court challenging provisions made in wills has increased by 700% over the last five years. The number of cases seeking to have entire wills declared invalid has nearly doubled over the same...


Treasury doubles its revenue from people who don’t make a Will

18th June 2013 | Wills & Probate

The Times Research Shows Treasury Doubles Revenue From Those Who Don't Make Will | Middletons  | Andover Solicitors The money that goes to the Treasury from people who don’t make a will has nearly doubled in the space of just a year. The Times newspaper has published research carried out by lawyers which shows that £38.5m flowed into the Treasury coffers last year from the estates of people who died without a Will or an heir. That was a rise of 91% on the year before. The reason...


Lasting Powers of Attorney: time to ‘abolish waiting period’

24th May 2013 | Wills & Probate

LPA Time To Abolish Waiting Period | Middletons Law | Andover Solicitors Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) provide an excellent way for people to protect their interests in case their health or mental capacity deteriorates at some point in the future. LPAs enable you to nominate someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the ability to do so yourself through illnesses such as dementia. The property and finance LPA allows you to appoint someone to look after...


Trust changes mean parents ‘may have to rewrite their wills’

3rd May 2013 | Wills & Probate

Changes To Trusts May Result in Rewrite of Wills | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Government proposals relating to trusts mean that thousands of people may have to rewrite their wills to protect the interests of their children, the Law Society has warned. It has written to the government to outline the effect that measures contained in the Finance Bill could have on bereaved minors’ trusts (BMT) and 18-25 trusts. These are often set up by parents to provide for their...


The Importance of Making A Will

12th April 2013 | Wills & Probate

The Importance of Making A Will | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors Making a Will is one the easiest and best things you can do to protect the interests of the people you care about. It’s also the only way of ensuring that your wealth is passed on in the way you want. Unfortunately, many people never get round to making a Will, which means they are said to have died intestate. If that is the case then their wishes will not be known and their estate will be divided in a...


Lasting Powers of Attorney could help protect your future

8th April 2013 | Wills & Probate

Protect Your Future With LPA | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors Each year thousands of people create a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to protect their interests in case their health and their mental capacity should start to deteriorate. LPAs enable you to nominate someone such as a family member or trusted associate to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the ability to do so yourself in the future through illnesses such as dementia. The property and finance LPA...


Views sought on changes to Inheritance Tax regulations

25th March 2013 | Wills & Probate

The Government is seeking views on its plans to alter some Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations in April. The changes will increase the IHT-exempt amount that a person living in the UK can transfer to a spouse or civil partner who lives abroad. The amendments will also allow individuals living outside the UK and who have a UK domiciled spouse or civil partner to elect to be treated as living in the UK for the purposes of IHT. HM Revenue & Customs points out that IHT charges are based...