Wills


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, […]


Pets in your Will

For many people, particularly the elderly, it makes sense to consider what may happen to a beloved pet in the event of their death, however, it is still estimated that thousands of pet owners in the UK die each year without making arrangements for their pets in their Wills. By making provision for your pets in your Will you will have the opportunity to ensure that your wishes are carried out in […]


The Consequences of Marriage and Divorce on Wills

Is it true that getting married invalidates an existing Will? When you make a Will there are a number of life events that can impact its validity. One of these is marriage. Under UK law, marriage automatically cancels out a Will made before the date of the marriage, rendering it invalid. If you do not make a new Will, the court will follow the rules […]


Is romance dead? (ask Beyonce!)

PGM Director and Solicitor, Paula Murphy provides an insight into the hot topic of post-nuptial agreements! …So, is romance dead? Well, if you are aged over 60, the answer is probably, no. Marriage rates among the over 65’s increased by almost a half between 2009 and 2014. This was at the same time as the marriage rate among the general population fell. I haven’t researched the […]


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 […]

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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’. […]


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 […]


Where there’s a Will….

~By Mike Green~ There is a general perception that the wishes expressed in your “Last Will and Testament” will be respected by those who survive you, and by the Courts. Unfortunately, that view may no longer be as well founded as it once was. We lawyers have traditionally encouraged everyone to make a Will. It was (and remains) a sensible thing to do. It allows […]


Why Make a Will?

– by Helen Phillips   “It’s ok, I’ll sort it out another time.  I don’t need a Will yet anyway.”  This train of thought has more than likely passed through the minds of numerous people; after all, it’s something you only really need to think about when you reach a certain age…or is it?   In truth, it’s really important for everyone to make a […]

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