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Making a will after your spouse or partner has died

Sunita Devi
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Coming to terms with the death of your spouse or partner will take time, but at some point you will need to think about financial and legal issues. Once probate has been obtained and their estate has been settled, you may need to think about whether you...

Choosing attorneys for your lasting power of attorney

Hardeep Gill
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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

Hardeep Gill
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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...

Making a Will? Have You Accurately Identified Your Beneficiaries?

Devon Fadlin-Broomes
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One very good reason why you should sign an up-to-date and professionally drafted will is to ensure that your chosen beneficiaries are accurately identified. A High Court case on point concerned gifts to a cottage hospital that did not exist and to equally...

Do I need to instruct a Solicitor when someone dies?

Hardeep Gill
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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...

The importance of making a will

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I often hear “I haven’t got any money to leave my kids so why should I bother?”.  My response is “You have kids?  If they are under 18, you definitely should have a Will to leave your kids to someone”. As loving...

"Former strictly host" leaves entire £11.7million to widow

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According to reports the late Sir Bruce Forsythe has left his entire fortune to his wife in a bid to avoid inheritance tax.  Sir Bruce died in 2017 aged 89.  It has emerged that the former host of Strictly Come Dancing bequeath his entire...

Tea parties with ghosts

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When my own mother started seeing birds flying around the house, and having tea parties with ghosts, I knew it was time to act!  Luckily some years before, she had put in place Powers of Attorney which enabled me to step in and manage her financial...

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