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How creating a trust in your will could help to ensure your loved ones received the inheritance they deserve

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Deciding who will benefit from your money and property when you die requires careful thought, particularly where you have a big family with differing levels of need and some are too young or financially inexperienced to deal with a sudden influx of cash. ...

10 good reasons to make a will

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To help those who may be having doubts about writing a will, or are delaying the process, the wills and probate specialists at Hancock Quins in Watford have made a list of ten reasons why you should get on and make your will sooner rather than later. Your...

Why you should use a solicitor to prepare your will

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Making a will is one of the best things you can do to ensure your family are taken care of when you die and that your money, property and other belongings are passed on to the people or good causes you have chosen. To make a valid will there are certain...

Duties and responsibilities of executors and personal representatives

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At Hancock Quins, we have prepared an overview of the duties and responsibilities of executors and personal representatives to assist clients who are deciding whom to appoint as executors in their wills and for clients who are undertaking the administration...

Putting your legal affairs in order

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In later life, spending quality time with family and friends is a much more appealing prospect than putting your legal affairs in order, but planning for the end of your life will be of huge benefit to loved ones.  In May 2018, Dying Matters Awareness...

Paying a deceased relative's debts

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When a person dies someone needs to sort out their affairs.  Very often, responsibility for doing this falls on the person’s relatives, either because they have been named as an executor in the will or because they have been given permission...

How to apply for a grant of probate

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When someone dies, you usually need to obtain a grant of probate to deal with their affairs. Ben Jones explains the process and your options when you cannot agree who should apply.

Does your will take advantage of the new inheritance tax allowance?

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Nobody wants to see their hard-earned cash go to the tax man when they die, but until recently if your estate was worth more than £325,000 you faced the prospect of having to pay inheritance tax at a rate of 40 per cent.  There were, and continue to be, ways to reduce your potential liability but none are straightforward.  The good news is that, as of 6 April 2017, new rules were introduced which should allow most people to reduce their inheritance tax liability with a bit of forward planning.

Government refund available for powers of attorney registered between 2013 and 2017

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If you registered a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you could be entitled to a partial fee refund. Ben Jones, wills, probate and trusts specialists with Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, explains what to do if you believe you are eligible 

Does your will need a New Year health check?

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The start of a new year is an excellent time to take stock and get your life in order. If you have not already made a will, then now is the time to do so. Even if you have made your will, you should not assume that you have done all you can to put your affairs in order. Ben Jones, wills and probate solicitor at Hancock Quins, explains why if you do not regularly review your will it can easily fall out of date.

Affected by Alzheimer's: three-step plan to get your legal affairs in order

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and affects millions of people around the world.  Receiving a diagnosis can be devastating and immediate thoughts will inevitably turn to treatment and healthcare support.  However, it is also...

British citizens with foreign assets - does your will need updating?

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If you own property on mainland Europe, you need to make sure that your will includes appropriate provisions. Since August 2015 the EU Succession Regulation (EU 650/2012), also known as Brussels IV, has been in force. Although the UK did not sign up to the...

Estate planning for care home fees

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Concerns about protecting a client’s savings from the liability to pay for care home fees remains one of the most common concerns of clients who see us for estate planning advice. In the case of a married couple, one of the best ways to ensure that as...

The benefits of a lasting power of attorney

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A lasting power of attorney is a very powerful document that you use to give someone the right to manage your affairs. You decide who to appoint and decide the terms of their appointment. It must be registered with a court before it can be used which keeps...

Be charitable! Inheritance tax reduced rate for gifts to charity

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From April 2012, estates qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax on the whole estate if 10% of the estate (excluding the inheritance tax nil rate band) is left to charity. The normal 40% inheritance tax charge is reduced to 36% on the...