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Alastair  Liddiard

Alastair Liddiard

Private Client Senior Solicitor
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From May 2017, the government is introducing a new set of Probate fees based on a banding system – the larger the value of the estate, the higher the fee. In many cases a Grant must be issued by the Probate Registry in order for personal representatives of a deceased person to access their assets. When this happens, upfront costs of around £200 are met by the representative and reclaimed later from the assets of the estate. But what if the upfront cost is £20,000?

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Whilst it is true that you do not need a solicitor to prepare your Will in order for it to be valid, as with most drafted legal documents, it is often safer for a solicitor to prepare it. They are well used to the legal requirements to make a valid Will and what happens upon a person’s death. This will help avoid uncertainty in the future. The following are some aspects of a Will a lay-person may not be aware of and which highlight the fact that legal advice is important.

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As I explained in my last blog, http://www.longmores-solicitors.co.uk/site/blog/private-client/the-taxman-cometh , there are plenty of ways to pay the bill when Inheritance Tax (IHT) arises on an estate. But, of course, it’s never as simple as that....
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The one quote of Benjamin Franklin everyone knows is “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Whilst his quip was in the context of whether the American Constitution would endure, the maxim still holds true. With the ongoing freeze of the...
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It’s a question that I hear a lot, especially in relation to the valuation of the home of a deceased person. Sadly, with property there is no such thing as a “Probate Value” that attracts a discount due to a death. The value of any asset...
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Trusts and trustees are no more immune to litigation than anyone else and costs can often mount up very quickly. The basic principle of litigation is that the loser pays the winner’s fees, but this is subject to all sorts of caveats and the winner can...
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The award of damages in respect of a Personal Injury is often seen as the point at which a line is drawn and the claimant can get on with their life following what is, at times, a draining legal process. But is it all over? Sadly, many personal injuries...
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