​Wills & Probate Legal Updates

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    SE Watch Autumn 2016: Things to Consider when Renting Out your Inherited Property, Injunctions, A Helpful Guide to Probate and an update on the Legal 500 UK 2016...

    Nov 02, 2016
    The ​Autumn 2016 issue of SE Watch, our newsletter for private clients, their friends and families, is now available to read online.
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    SE Watch: Making Gifts in Wills, Attending Antenatal Appointments, Info Needed When Selling a House, Divorce in Later Life

    Sep 24, 2014
    The Autumn issue of SE Watch, our newsletter for private clients, is now available to read online.
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  • Grant of Probate – The Issue of Valuation

    Jun 03, 2013
    When a person dies and leaves a valid Will, they appoint Executors to deal with their property, money and personal items (the Estate). These Executors often need a Grant of Probate, which is a document issued by the Court and confirms that the Will made is valid and that the person or people named are those entitled to deal with the deceased’s affairs.
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  • Appointing Guardians for your children

    Mar 18, 2013
    It is important that those of us with minor children make adequate provision for our children when we are not here. This means not only that we have wills in place to direct our estate to the right people but also that we ensure that somebody is appointed to look after our children when we are gone.
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  • Why make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

    Nov 28, 2012
    No-one can foresee the future and it is important that we prepare ourselves for unexpected injury or ill health as best we can. Incapacity, whether it is physical or mental can occur at any time in our lives. Putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney means that you can appoint a person or people to look after your property and your financial affairs.
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  • SE Watch discusses why review a Will and the subject of Boundary Disputes

    Sep 17, 2012
    Welcome to our latest issue of SE Watch, which aims to provide our readers with up to date articles on a range of Private Client legal issues. This month we are discussing why it is important to regularly review your Will and the subject of Boundary Disputes.
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  • Every Little Helps

    Jul 05, 2012
    Despite the heading this is not an endorsement of a rather large supermarket chain. It is simply a suggestion to maximise your inheritance tax allowances. There is no doubt that since inheritance tax was introduced in 1984 successive Governments have been very mean with the limits and allowances. The current nil rate band is £325,000 and that is frozen until 2015. The other exemptions have been in place since 1984 and have not moved. Thus in real terms the value has diminished beyond belief. However, they do exist, a lot of people have an idea as to what they are but are not certain, they should be used and the sooner the better because the more of these exemptions that you use each year the less tax you will pay.
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  • SE Watch - Grandparents' Rights, Charitable Gifts in Wills and Rights on Redundancy

    Jun 01, 2012
    Welcome to our June issue of SE Watch, which aims to provide our readers with up to date articles on a range of Private Client legal issues. This month our legal experts are looking at the rights of grandparents if their children divorce or separate, how the Budget provides a greater incentive to make charitable gifts in Wills, and rights on redundancy.
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  • The Budget 2012 – An incentive to charitable giving

    May 11, 2012
    Looking beyond the headline-grabbing issues raised in the budget, it is interesting to note that despite what has been said in relation to charitable giving the Chancellor actually gave donors a greater incentive to make charitable gifts in their wills.
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  • SE Watch - Tax allowances and letting properties

    Mar 07, 2012
    Welcome to our latest issue of SE Watch, which aims to provide our readers with up to date articles on a range of Private Client legal issues. This month we are discussing how to ensure you are prepared for the tax year end, and also provide you with some guidance should you be considering renting out a property.
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  • Where there's a Will ...

    Mar 06, 2012
    We live in an increasingly litigious society and the estates of deceased persons are not exempt. Indeed, such proceedings are on the increase.
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  • Care Home Fees - A real worry

    Feb 15, 2012
    Judging from the number of clients we see who are concerned about their lifetime savings being swallowed up to pay for their care in old age, this is a real worry for many and rightly so, when the average cost of care works out at approximately £500 per week.
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  • SE Watch - New Family Mediation Service and Care Home Costs

    Dec 15, 2011
    Spratt Endicott is proud to announce the launch of its Family Mediation service. Patrick Mulcare, a solicitor in our Family Law Department, has successfully completed his training with Resolution (formerly the Solicitors’ Family Law Association) to become a Family Mediator and he now offers mediation as an option to couples who need to address difficulties in their relationships.
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  • Welcome to SE Watch - Legal Updates for You

    Sep 28, 2011
    Welcome to the first edition of SE Watch, our latest e-newsletter, focusing on Private Client issues, that is, legal issues related to individuals. You will find brief articles concerning Wills, Trusts and Tax, family, property and employment matters, all of which we hope you will find both relevant and interesting. Within this first issue we raise the question as to why it is worth considering making a Will.
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  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

    Sep 05, 2011
    It is said that 1 in 6 of those living now will live to more than 100. Such life expectancies will put increasing pressure on governments to fund pensions and care, already controversial issues.
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  • The most important document you will every sign?

    May 01, 2011
    Recent statistics indicate quite clearly that fewer and fewer couples are marrying, preferring instead to live together. This has caused a number of issues which the Law Commission are now reviewing particularly relating to the disposition of the estate of one of the partners when he or she dies.
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  • Why write a Will?

    Nov 01, 2010
    Here’s the question. Would you rather choose the house that you wanted to buy, the holiday that you would like to take and the car that you would like to drive, subject always to affordability, or would you rather some Government department made those choices for you? A simple enough question and the answer is obvious. That being so, why do so many people, in excess of 60% of the population, prefer to let the Government decide where their estate goes, who gets it and when and how much tax is paid. If those same people have infant children, then the local authority can choose who should bring them up.
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