Probate Fees

Probate Fees

In January, the House of Lords voted through an increase in probate fees from the current flat rate of £155 to a sliding scale of probate fees depending on the value of the estate. For some estates, the probate fees will rise from £155 to £6,000. The government has...
Writing a Will

Writing a Will

Writing a Will protects your loved ones. It is, therefore, one of the most important things that you can do for your family. A Will: Provides for your family and/or other beneficiaries Protects your family Clarifies how you want things to be dealt with after you have...
How Much Is Inheritance Tax?

How Much Is Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance Tax and Leaving Your Estate To Your Spouse The late national icon, Sir Bruce Forsyth, has received some criticism from some quarters about tax planning. I dreaded to think what sort of racy or cutting edge steps Bruce Forsyth had supposedly taken to reduce...
Probate and inheritance

Probate and inheritance

As a specialist private client solicitor, advising families on Wills and estate planning, I am comfortable talking about death and the need to plan for it. I know that many families don’t feel able to talk about Wills or what might happen when a loved one dies. That...