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December 27, 2018

Can executors be held personally liable for the debts of the deceased?

Executors are under a duty to administer and distribute the deceased’s estate correctly.   This may seem like a simple task.  However, many executors underestimate the time investment required and the frequency with which complex legal and tax issues arise.  Moreover, there is no room for error when winding up an estate. Mistakes can lead…
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December 14, 2018

Tackling six of the worst misconceptions about Lasting Powers of Attorney

Here at Timbrell Law, we believe in planning for the worst to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family. Accordingly, we have set out to expose the most common misconceptions surrounding Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) that stop people from planning ahead. Misconception 1 –  LPAs are only for the elderly People…
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December 9, 2018

Power of Attorney Refund Scheme: Have You Claimed?

How to claim your Power of Attorney refund If you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you are entitled to claim a partial refund of the registration fee paid. Why am I entitled to a refund?…
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December 9, 2018

Government proposes an increase in probate fees

The Government has announced plans to increase the fee for a Grant of Probate in England and Wales. As part of the process of administering a deceased estate, executors are commonly required to obtain a Grant of Probate. The Grant of Probate confirms their authority to act and gain control of the deceased’s assets. A…
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December 2, 2018

Are we heading for an incapacity crisis?

A recent report produced by Solicitors for the Elderly and the Centre for Future Studies (CFS) has predicted a looming incapacity crisis in the UK. The report highlights growing concerns that even though more of us are taking steps to prepare for the loss of mental capacity in relation to our finances, the same preparations…
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December 2, 2018

The rights of unmarried couples on death

Unmarried couples do not benefit from the same protections and rights on death as married couples. Despite several petitions for change, the Government have declined to provide further remedies for unmarried couples on death. The burden lies with the unmarried couple to either provide for each other through their Wills or opt into the…
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December 2, 2018

Going beyond choosing a legal guardian for your children

Is appointing a legal guardian enough? Every parent worries about their child’s future; whether it is the risk they currently face in the playground or their chances in an overly competitive job market. Sometimes these more pressing immediate concerns prevent parents from thinking about the more troublesome “what ifs”. If you have children under…
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