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Posted 09 July, 2018 10:43:43
The National Will Register and the new national Death Notification Service
Last week a new Death Notification Service launched meaning grieving families no longer have to call multiple banks to inform them of a death.

The service can be completed by filling in a single form online or by making one phone call. The service has been set up to assist families who previously would have faced multiple calls to banks...
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Posted 04 June, 2018 9:57:25
Someone's died! How do you know if there is a Will?
By Andre Davidson

A Will which is not found is the same as a Will which does not exist.

The issue:

Many children will not know if their parents have made a Will, and even if they do know, they may not know where to find it. So begins the hunt looking in all the obvious, and not so obvious, places to see if a Will ex...
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Posted 30 May, 2018 10:09:54
Wall V Munday – Case Focus
The recent appeal case of Wall v Munday [2018] EWHC 879 (Ch) has provided a useful update in relation to properties co-owned as both joint tenants and tenants in common.

Bryan Wall and Christine Munday married in 1969 and divorced in 1974. During that marriage, they bought a house (7 Wellsmoor Gardens) as joint tenants. Following their s...
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Posted 10 May, 2018 11:24:50
The Case of the Torn Up Will
The Contentious Trusts and Probate Department at Meridian Private Client advise clients on the options available to them when a loved one passes away and they have been apparently disinherited or a family member is acting suspiciously to the client’s detriment.

The below case study outlines how and why solicitors dealing with contentious...
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Posted 09 May, 2018 14:21:28
Why use a Certainty Will Search when the validity of a Will is in dispute?
by Anna Wonnacott

I am regularly approached by members of the public who have concerns about whether or not a person’s Will is valid.

For a Will to be valid, it must:

Have been made in accordance with section 9 of the Wills Act 1937 (it is in writing, signed by the testator (or by another in their presence and...
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Posted 27 April, 2018 10:38:04
Devastavit: The Legal Pitfalls For Executors
Being an executor can be a huge responsibility. Probate law in England and Wales is notoriously tricky to navigate at the best of times, and executors can and will be held responsible for anything that goes wrong. The Trustee Act 2000 imposes a statutory duty of care on all executors; the liability for breaching this can be unlimited and personal t...
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