The Value of Making a Will

It goes without saying that Wills are the probably the most valuable document you will ever complete during your lifetime. They are the way to properly plan for your finances...


State Pension Age To Increase To 68 By 2039

The Government have announced plans to increase the State Pension Age to 68 years old. Under the new proposals the increase will be phased in between 2037 and 2039, which...


Trusts – Why Are They Useful?

Many people have heard the term “Trust” but do not necessarily know what it means or why it might be useful for them. There is also a misconception that Trusts...


The Supreme Court Has Its Say On Inheritance Act Claims: Ilott v The Blue Cross & Ors

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross & Ors [2017] UKSC 17. This decision is the first given by the...


Explaining Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document by which a person gives someone else the authority to act on their behalf. The person giving the authority is known as...


How to Improve your Credit Rating

A negative credit rating can have a big impact on your life and can for example prevent you from getting a loan or credit card. Here are our top tips...


How not to be Involved in a Contentious Probate Dispute

We are regularly approached by clients who are affected by events after the death of a close family member or friend.  Only then does it become apparent there may be...


Wills – Knowledge and Approval

A frequently employed route to challenge the validity of a Will is to assert that the testator did not know or approve its contents.  But what does this mean? A...


The Not So Golden Rule

It is a fairly typical scenario: an elderly person wants to get their affairs in order before frailty of mind and body deem it too late. So if they want...


Suspicious Wills

In the case of Brennan v Prior [2015] EWHC 3082 (Ch), François Devillebichot, the son of a French diplomat, died on 3 March 2011 aged 62. He was survived by...


Make a Will – Don’t Leave it Until the Doves Cry

According to recent press sources, Prince who died suddenly last week and at the age of only 57, died without a Will. Reports state that in accordance with the US...


The Elderly and Testamentary Capacity

Assessing after their death whether an elderly testator had the capacity to make a Will is an evidential minefield. It often falls to the court to determine the matter on...