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Relying on the concept of 'next of kin' - when is this enough?

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Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights where children are concerned and, even then, only in certain circumstances. The general rule is that the parent or...

Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed

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Making a will or giving a gift on your deathbed Living through a global pandemic has meant seeing loved ones taken from us at an alarming rate, and it has been distressing for many to see someone taken into hospital and not know if you might be able to...

How to plan philanthropic giving through your will

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In 2006, the American multi-billionaire Warren Buffet astounded the media by making a pledge to give away 99 per cent of his wealth to charities. He plans to do most of this in his lifetime and intends the remainder to be given away within 10 years after his...

Why use a legal expert for an estate administration

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Like many government organisations, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) has been increasing its digital services over the past few years as it aims to provide a more streamlined system for probate registries. While the online service...

Choosing attorneys for your lasting power of attorney

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Everyone should have lasting power of attorney, along with a will, and in setting this up you will need to appoint people to act as your attorney to look after your affairs if you become unable to. You need to consider very carefully who you will...

Trustees' duty to give information to beneficiaries

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It can be flattering to be asked by a relative or close friend to be a trustee of their estate, but this is a role with important legal obligations and disputes can arise when beneficiaries do not agree with the actions of trustees. One such area of...

Do I need to instruct a Solicitor when someone dies?

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The short answer to this is no. So why, do you ask, should you instruct a probate solicitor at Hatten Wyatt? At Hatten Wyatt our experienced private client department can provide their knowledge in order to deal with the legal process of applying for...

Being a trainee at Hatten Wyatt

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After 6 years as a Civil Litigation Paralegal in Yorkshire, I moved to Kent, the Garden of England, almost 3 years ago. I was fortunate enough to secure a training contract with Hatten Wyatt. I put my heart and soul into the application process...