Probate


The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]


New Probate Fees – April 2019

This month, the government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee, to one based on the value of the estate. The new proposals set out a banded structure, where fees rise with size of the estate. At the moment, families in England and Wales pay a flat probate fee of £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, […]


The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]


probate fees

Will the rise in Probate fees affect you?

The UK government has officially confirmed that probate fees in England and Wales will change in May 2017 to a banded system, where fees increase with the value of the estate, replacing the current flat fees. No fee will be payable for estates worth less than £50,000, but the charges will increase rapidly beyond that, rising to a maximum of £20,000 for estates above £2 […]


Too young to make a Will?

In your twenties or even thirties, making a Will isn’t always a top priority. Many claim they’re too young, they don’t own enough or they don’t have any children yet or they can’t afford it!  Furthermore, with the life expectancy of the average person in the UK at an all-time high, many think that a Will is something that you do when you are ‘old’. […]

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Challenging a Will

Challenging a Will is not a simple process. It is extremely complex and usually very demanding in terms of both time and money. However, due to the rise in people attempting to draft their own Wills – this action is becoming more common. Without professional legal advice many people make mistakes, which may mean the Will is more likely to be challenged by other potential […]