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What is ‘Testamentary Freedom’?

…How the concept of testamentary freedom has evolved since 1870 and what can be done to maximise the prospect of enjoying this particular freedom today. Read more


U-turn on proposed increased probate fees

…Bereaved families will welcome the news that the proposed rise in probate fees has been axed because there is not enough time for the proposal to go through parliament before the General Election on 8 June 2017. Read more


The freedom to disinherit

…Choosing to disinherit a family member is something that needs to be clearly thought out and ensuring this is detailed correctly in your will, could prove vital in successfully defending any claim against your estate. Read more


Increases to Probate Court fees

…On 18 February 2016 the government published a consultation on a new proposal about court fees payable when making applications for grants of representation. Read more


Practitioners accepting gifts in Wills

…In January this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) updated its practice note on the preparation of a Will where assets are to be left to the solicitor themselves. Read more


The risk of investing in farmland

…Mark Twain famously once declared “Buy land. They’re not making it anymore.” It appears that these wise words. Read more