Wills & Probate

  • Legal 500 hat-trick for THIRD year running

    Legal 500 hat-trick for THIRD year running

    Leeds-based law firm Emsleys Solicitors is celebrating after being ‘recommended’ in three categories in the prestigious league table of national law firms: the Legal 500, for the third year running. This year also sees Emsleys feature a… Read More

  • No change for IHT rates, but a warning on avoidance

    No change for IHT rates, but a warning on avoidance

    The Chancellor George Osbourne today decided not to modify the thresholds for the payment of Inheritance Tax, which the Sunday Express had suggested he might. Instead, he gave a warning that avoidance through Deeds of Variation would be… Read More

  • Why you must write a will...

    Why you must write a will...

    It seems not a day goes by without a newspaper article on the financial disasters caused by a failure to plan for your death. Today, the Daily Mail features an article about a son who has lost out because a couple have not undertaken some… Read More

  • Public still at risk from unregulated wills

    Public still at risk from unregulated wills

    The Times reports today that too many people are still having their wills prepared by unqualified, uninsured and unregulated ill-writers 180,000 consumers each year may be unprotected if their wills are found to be defective. What many… Read More

  • Worried about care home fees? It pays to plan ahead

    Worried about care home fees? It pays to plan ahead

    In light of recently published figures which suggest that more than 100 elderly people a week are losing their properties to local authorities to pay for their care home fees, funding the cost of care has become cause of worry for many.… Read More

  • Protecting your business with a Lasting Power of Attorney

    Protecting your business with a Lasting Power of Attorney

    If you own and run a thriving business, then its success may depend on you being there and being capable of running it. Many business owners plan for unexpected death through life insurance policies, shareholder agreements and having a… Read More

  • DIY probate – a risky business for some...

    DIY probate – a risky business for some...

    It is tempting to try and do things yourself when the cost of employing a professional is off-putting. This is often the case with probate, with many people opting to do it themselves, sometimes referring to the abundance of free internet… Read More

  • Inheritance tax to hit 44,000 estates next year

    Inheritance tax to hit 44,000 estates next year

    It has been a while since the personal allowance, or ‘nil-rate band’, for Inheritance Tax (IHT) rose. The IHT threshold currently stands at £325,000 for single persons and £650,000 for married couples or civil partners. As property… Read More