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August 7, 2020

Can my solicitor be an executor of my Will?

Choosing an executor for your Will is an important task and you will want to consider who is best suited for the role carefully.  In this blog, we will explain what is expected of an executor and the reasons why some individuals choose to appoint their solicitor as executor. What does an executor do?…
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May 26, 2020

How can I leave a gift to Charity under my Will?

Why are legacies so important to Charities?  A gift under your Will to a charity is often called a “charitable legacy”. Legacy income is one of the largest sources of voluntary income to the charity sector in the UK. Without the funds that come through legacies and lifetime gifts, many charities would simply not…
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November 20, 2019

Lloyds fails to return Wills to grieving families

Last month, the Lloyds Banking Group was forced to apologise for failing to return the Wills of thousands of deceased customers to their families. The Consequences of Lloyds Safe Custody Error As reported by the Financial Times, it understood that the bank recently discovered some 9,000 Wills of deceased customers lingering in their archives.…
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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 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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