Wills and Estates

Changing your will after a divorce

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In England and Wales, if you made a will while you were married and then you get divorced, your divorce can alter the terms of your will. Although your will remains valid after divorce, your ex-spouse will no longer be able to benefit from it, unless you have expressly stated otherwise. They will also no…

How to pay for a funeral?

How much does a funeral cost? The Money Advice Service states that the average cost for a burial is £4,321, whilst the average cost for a cremation is £3,250. The cost of a funeral can often be a big surprise to grieving relatives who have never had to arrange or pay for a funeral before….

What is the effect of marriage on a Will?

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Despite the large numbers of marriages and civil partnerships that take place in England and Wales every year, there is often confusion about what happens to a Will that was effected before any union is legally constituted. What happens to your Will when you marry? It is important to realise that a Will put in…

What is Business Property Relief?

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Different priorities can make it challenging for business owners to commit to succession planning but taking advice at an early stage can improve the chances of securing Business Property Relief and avoid the need for a profitable business to be sold or broken up to meet a future inheritance tax charge. There is often a…

Make a resolution you can keep

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As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic it is fair to say that life was a bit different in 2020. We have had two national lockdowns and plenty of time on our hands as we adjusted our day-to-day practices to cope with the new demands of social distancing, self-isolating and working from home. We were…

Thursfields Talk Legal: dealing with digital assets in wills and estates

Ian Bond

How to plan what happens to a person’s digital assets after their death will be the focus of a free Thursfields Solicitors’ webinar later this month. Ian Bond, Head of the Wills & Estates department, will host the Talk Legal webinar at 10 am on Wednesday 16 December. Ian will introduce the event live on…

How would you like to be remembered?

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We would all like to be remembered when we die. This could be by having a tree planted in your memory or having a bench placed in a favoured spot. Perhaps you will leave a small donation to your friends; enough to pay for a round of drinks or a meal out. Most people do…

Don’t forget your digital assets

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Digital technologies now help us to run most of our lives – on top of our physical possessions, we are building a parallel world of digital assets – within the capability of our smart phones is the ability to: book a taxi; order a food delivery; play games; watch TV; send money to relatives; book…

Will making during Coronavirus pandemic

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The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many challenges. As a firm, Thursfields adjusted to home-working and a life of video conferencing with clients as well as online court procedures. Very few of our physical legal encounters with clients could not be replicated through the use of technology. Wills and Estates Coronavirus changed many people’s attitudes to…

Top probate lawyer joins Thursfields as head of Wills and Estates

Ian Bond

An experienced lawyer who is a contributing author to a national handbook on probate has been appointed head of the Wills and Estates department at Thursfields Solicitors. Ian Bond has joined  from Talbots Law in the Black Country, where he was head of trusts and estate for more than three years. Before that, he worked…

Beware the missed Will Trust

Deborah Beal - Colour

Inheritance Tax law changed dramatically in 2007.  Prior to this date, whilst there was no Inheritance Tax between married couples, each individual had their own Inheritance Tax allowance and this was not transferrable between the two of them.  Therefore if on the first death a spouse left their estate to the survivor and the survivor’s…

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