Tag: wills

Government announces hike in probate fees

The government has announced a hike in probate fees. The Draft Order for the new fees, which has been laid before the Parliament, is set to take probate fees up from a standard fee of £155 (for solicitor applications) and £215 (for personal applications) to a minimum fee of...

The Intestacy Rules

If you die without making a Will the intestacy rules will apply to the distribution of your estate. The distribution of the estate depends on the category of relatives that you leave behind. You have a spouse/civil partner and no children: Spouse or civil partner gets everything.   You have...

5 Reasons to Make a Will

1. Gifts to your partner If you are not married or in a civil partnership then it is absolutely essential that you make a Will as your partner has no automatic entitlement to your estate. 2. Gifts to your spouse Your spouse or civil partner inherits automatically under the...

Know Your Georgraphy When Making a Will

The issue Do you have assets in more than one country? If so, you have to be really careful when making your Will. You want to be sure which country your assets are in and whether your Will applies to your assets in that country. The background In a...