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14th March 2017
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that court fees charged for applications for a grant of representation after a death will be substantially increased later this year (May 2017), despite a public consultation that overwhelmingly opposed its proposed changes. The good news, for the 58 per cent of estates in England and Wales that are worth less than £50,000, is that fees will…
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26th January 2017
Discussions about how soon driverless cars could become a common sight on our roads continue to prompt the airing of many different theories including the prediction that within ten years there will be no drivers, no road accidents, and no injuries. This may be an attractive prospect, but is it realistic? Judging by recent experiences of technology-leaders Google and Uber, probably not. If Google does…
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23rd January 2017
The term ‘personal representative’ is a generic term that applies both to an executor of a will and a court-appointed estate administrator — but what exactly does being a personal representative entail? In short, the Administration of Estates Act of 1925 defines the role of a deceased’s personal representative as having a duty to collect and ‘get in’ the real and personal estate of the…
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10th November 2016
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn naturally to the subject of giving — perhaps you are considering gifting money to close family or to charity. In fact, one of the most efficient ways to mitigate your Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability is simply to give away accrued wealth whilst you are still alive. If you are in the enviable position of having substantial cash assets,…
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03rd November 2016
It is a basic principle of English law that individuals are free to dispose of their estate in any way they wish. However, there are a number of ways in which a will can be challenged, or ‘contested’. Anyone with serious concerns about the terms of another’s will should contact an experienced solicitor as soon as possible, especially because some potential claims must be made…
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15th September 2016
George Ide LLP is thrilled to announce the completion of another successful Make a Will Fortnight in aid of St Wilfrid’s palliative care hospice in Chichester. As part of this year’s two-week annual fundraising effort, our private client department drafted more than 60 wills free of charge in return for donations totaling more than £8,000 given by our clients to the local end-of-life charity. We…
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08th September 2016
The United Kingdom unexpectedly voted for Brexit on 23 June and since then, reassured by soothing words from the Bank of England and the Chancellor, not to mention a recent reduction in base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25%, the main United Kingdom investment market has held its nerve. However, for those who are nervous about the ups and downs of markets, cash…
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25th July 2016
In the wake of the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union, differing views have been voiced on how Brexit may affect Britain’s property market. Already, it seems, overseas investors are snapping up properties in places like London. Estate agents have reported receiving calls from Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian and Spanish investors shopping around for bargains. Early indications show that while a number of…
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04th July 2016
Through our many dealings with the administration of a deceased person's estate, we are conscious of the efforts made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to recover overpayments of benefit paid to an individual during their lifetime.  In our experience, this is particularly true of pension credit It is common for overpayments of state pension and attendance allowance to occur due to the…
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29th April 2016
Attorneys, when dealing with the administration of a donor’s affairs under an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, must have regard to the donor’s wishes and prior instructions contained in, or annexed to, that Power.  In addition, the attorneys must have regard to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act), which provides a statutory framework for those dealing with the affairs of…
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