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  • EHL Conveyancing Team
    Dealing with property where Probate was missed
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    Whilst there are rules on when probate is required, in many cases where assets are able to be passed without this (often assets held in joint names) no application is made.  This can pass unnoticed for many years, but in future years can have unintended consequences. In practice we see this most commonly on sales… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    What is Probate?
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    Probate is not always required on the death of a person. It will depend on the assets owned by the deceased. If a property is owned jointly as joint tenants this will pass automatically on the death to the surviving joint owner. All bank accounts which are held in joint names again pass automatically to… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    What happens if you’ve been left out of a loved ones will?
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    It is often difficult to know where to turn when a loved one passes away.  If there is a will in place at the time of someone’s death, their estate will be dealt with in accordance with that will.  In some cases the will was made numerous years in advance and loved ones may not… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Estate Administration and the Nil Rate Band
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    Administering the affairs of a deceased person can be a long complicated business depending on the complexity of the estate. Following changes made to the taxation of estates in the 2007 married couples and civil partners are allowed to transfer any unused portion of their Nil Rate Band (IHT tax threshold) to the spouse or… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    Executors and online banking.
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      It is important when someone dies that the Executor is able to access all information regarding all assets the deceased has. The Executor has to obtain values of all assets as quickly as possible to establish whether there is any inheritance tax to pay and to establish whether details of any gifts of money… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Growing Interest in our Stoney Stanton Office
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      Following its opening at the end of October our new Stoney Stanton branch office continues to enjoy increased levels of enquiry. People from the local community and surrounding villages have sited the convenience of the office as a major factor in choosing Edward Hands & Lewis. The ground floor office is situated in the… Learn more

  • Leanne Hathaway - Tax and Trusts
    How do I make a Will?
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    For most people, making a will is a way to make sure loved ones are looked after when they are no longer around. You can still decide what happens to your money, possessions and property when you are no longer around through the power of a will. This also makes sure that you do not… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    What is probate?
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    ‘Probate’ is a term used commonly when discussing the right to handle a deceased person’s affairs. A ‘grant of representation’ may be applied for when someone dies, giving you the legal right to deal with their money, property and possessions, also known as their estate. This right to handle the estate is called ‘Probate’. Probate… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    Why should I make a Will and specify my wishes about my funeral arrangements in it?
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      It is always of benefit that you make a Will and in that Will your wishes about your funeral arrangements be written in that Will to avoid any disputes after your death. A detailed letter setting out your wishes can also be left with your Will. If this is not dealt with then who… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Contested Probate and how to challenge a Will
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    Contentious Probate claims are one of the biggest areas of litigation and put simply, are claims challenging the validity of a will when the testator passes away and in some cases, the distribution of the assets in the testator’s estate. The effect of a contested probate claim on beneficiaries and executors cannot be underestimated and… Learn more

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