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Delay in applying for a grant of probate can be costly The Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the number of applications for probate falling, despite the death rate increasing. While delay in winding up the affairs of a loved one might be understandable in such exceptional circumstances, it is important that people are aware of the financial dangers this can pose. Although there is no time limit on applying for a grant of probate, there are nevertheless important deadlines, which if missed can have...

A power of attorney can save you tax It is recommended that everyone makes a Lasting Power of Attorney LPA. They have many advantages, but one benefit people often overlook is the fact that a power of attorney can save you tax. Liability for inheritance tax (IHT) is usually best mitigated while we are still capable of managing our own affairs. People assume that once we have lost capacity, then we also lose the power to undertake IHT planning by making gifts....

The times they are a-changin'. Devon Wills Solicitor, Emma Napper, looks at the new rules for witnessing a Will remotely The rules on witnessing a Will have been around a very long time;  183 years to be precise. In recent times there has been a growing clamour to bring the rules up to date with the digital times in which we live. However, those demands have been resisted. Until now. The impact of coronavirus on our lives has been far-reaching and its presence...

Changes to the UK Intestacy Rules 2020. Who is entitled to your estate if you die without a valid Will? A Will sets out how a person wants their estate to be distributed when they pass away. If there is no valid Will then they are said to have died 'intestate'. This means  that their estate is distributed according to the Intestacy Rules. The UK Intestacy Rules specify the order in which relatives inherit from an estate. The list is as follows:- ...

It's 'business as usual' for probate during COVID-19 at Slee Blackwell Solicitors Our probate lawyers are maintaining a full service during the COVID-19 crisis and are here to help if you need legal assistance in dealing with a loved one's affairs. During these unprecedented times many people have been forced to face up to the reality of a loved one passing away. It's always a difficult time, particularly when the event is unexpected and people, quite understandably, are often hesitant about dealing with...

Chris Green, a solicitor specialising in contested Wills, looks at witnessing a Will during social distancing With the current lockdown and restrictions in place due to COVID-19, a major question has arisen over witnessing a Will during social distancing and whether it is still possible to execute a valid Will at this time. The legal formalities for a valid Will to be made are set out in the Wills Act 1837, a piece of legislation which is over 180 years old. Amongst those...

If you are involved with the Court of Protection, you can appoint Slee Blackwell as a professional deputy.   What is a deputy? When someone loses mental capacity and they have not made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) then it may be necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Order to be made. A Deputyship Order appoints a deputy to manage the property and financial affairs of the patient who has lost capacity. The deputy can be a relative...

Chris Green, a solicitor in our Court of Protection team, looks at the issues involved in applying to be a deputy We can assist you with applying to be a deputy or we ourselves can apply to become a professional deputy. To find out more give us a call on 0808 139 b1606 or email us at [email protected] If a person loses Mental Capacity and does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in...

Cancer Research UK free Will solicitors Slee Blackwell are proud to be a participating partner To write or update your Will under the Cancer Research UK Free Will Service then call us on 0808 139 1606 0r send an email to us at [email protected] During the coronavirus crisis we are minimising personal contact and are able to deal with your new Will by email, telephone or video. Slee Blackwell are proud to be one of the participating Cancer Research UK free Will solicitors. The service...

We look at a recent case on the mismanagement of an elderly relative's finances and the legal duties imposed by the court. Mismanagement of an elderly relative's finances is a common problem. To avoid legal liability where you are managing a loved one's affairs or to bring a claim if you have lost out as a result of someone else's mismanagement call our free helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to us at [email protected]ackwell.co.uk People often assume that they...