Wills


Can Wills be witnessed virtually?   Recently updated !

Following a recent BBC article it is now suggested that very soon Wills can be made and witnessed online in England and Wales. But, is it right that the Ministry of Justice will allow Wills to be witnessed remotely? During lockdown we have had to adapt and change our ‘normal’ way of doing things. Lots of people have turned to video conferencing software as a communication […]


DIY Wills and the hidden risks

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 might not be possible to […]


What happens if you die without a Will?

Many people are under the misapprehension that there is no need for them to make a Will as their spouse will inherit everything. However, under the Intestacy Rules, a spouse or civil partner will only inherit the whole estate if the deceased has no children. If the deceased has children then the spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased’s personal property, the first £250,000 […]


New year, new Will?

More than half of British adults have not made a Will. Of those who have, many have not updated their wills for some time, which is reflected in the soaring number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court.  It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is […]


Marriage, Divorce & Wills

There is a direct impact on your Will when you get married or divorced. 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. […]


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 […]


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 […]