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11th May 2020
Our Private client team have been working remotely and working hard endeavouring to offer support to our existing and many new clients. During this extremely difficult time, we are continuing to deliver an excellent Will writing service. In view of changing priorities during lockdown and weeks spent isolating at home, clients have found this a good time to put their affairs in order. We have…
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17th April 2020
At George Ide LLP, we recognise the extraordinary work being undertaken by our Keyworkers each and every day during the Coronavirus crisis. We want to show our appreciation to those who are doing so much for us. Thus, we are offering a discount of £50 plus VAT on our standard  will writing fees for any instructions that we receive between 20th April 2020 and 1st…
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27th September 2019
Anyone who has applied for a grant of probate will know the original will must be sent to the probate registry – but what happens if the original will cannot be found? If a copy of the original will exists, providing certain criteria are met it may be possible to obtain a grant of probate using that copy.  It will be necessary to obtain a…
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20th September 2019
Prospective clients looking for a law firm may find the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Tracker Survey of 2019 interesting reading. The report is based on findings from a YouGov survey of more than 3,500 users of legal services over the last two years and so is a significant sample. The findings, in this time of comparison websites, that ‘shopping around’ is often a bad thing for…
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15th March 2019
In the course of my professional work, especially when advising clients about making or updating a will, I am often asked for advice on the best way of giving to charity. Charities carry out excellent work of great public benefit, nevertheless from time-to-time press reports highlight criticism of some charities, reflecting various concerns about day-to-day administrative matters or costs for example. So for anyone seriously…
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01st March 2019
In the Eighteenth Century, Benjamin Franklin reputedly said that in this world nothing is certain except death and taxes. His famous quote still rings true today – but are you one of the many people who do not have an up-to-date will? According to research, the number of people in the UK without a current will is at an all-time high, with more than half of…
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25th February 2019
Anecdotal evidence continues to point to a steady growth in the number of wills being challenged, although no clear evidence is emerging to explain this increase. Influential factors could include the increasingly complex nature of modern family structures, the economic climate, and perhaps an increasing reliance by some on the internet for legal advice. Unsurprisingly, any solicitor would suggest that a matter as important as…
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20th December 2018
During this season of goodwill, it is not unusual for our thoughts to turn towards the giving of gifts and, even in the current climate of austerity, it is possible to make significant gifts that will reduce your future Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability. The gifting rules are clear: everyone is allowed to make IHT-exempt gifts totalling £3,000 per year. One year’s allowance or part thereof…
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07th December 2018
Despite overwhelming opposition, the government looks set to introduce a substantial increase in probate fees that will take effect from April 2019. Aimed at the wealthiest members of society, this new stealth tax is expected to raise £145 million in its first year, with the proceeds being used to subsidise court reforms. Under the new rules, no probate fee will be payable on estates worth…
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28th September 2018
Attorneys and deputies currently have limited authority when it comes to making gifts from a protected party’s estate. By law, they can only make decisions for a person who is no longer able to do so and unlikely to be able to do so in the future. In general, gifts can only be made to a charity or to a family member, friend or acquaintance…
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