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Wills and Estates

10/09/2020

Top probate lawyer joins Thursfields as head of Wills and Estates

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…

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26/08/2020

Beware the missed Will Trust

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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12/08/2020

Why use a professional to administer an Estate?

It dawned on me as I gazed out of the window of my dining room/office that I have now been helping families administer Wills and Estates for over half of my life! Without giving my age away, that time spent has been challenging, surprising, fulfilling and satisfying throughout. I particularly enjoy receiving suitcases full of…

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14/07/2020

Listing in prestigious legal wealth guide for top Thursfields lawyer | Wills and Estates

A top lawyer at Thursfields Solicitors has been included in a prestigious national legal guide that highlights top professional advisers for wealthy clients. Ruth Baker, an associate director in the Wills & Estates department in Thursfields’s Worcester office, is one of just two lawyers ranked in the Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide from the…

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25/06/2020

There’s never been a better time to talk about Wills following COVID-19

Wills and Estates With everyone thinking more about death in the wake of COVID-19, it’s the perfect time to make sure Wills are planned properly. Michelle Hetheridge, director of the Wills & Estates department at Thursfields said professional advice would help ensure that deceased’s loved ones received what was rightfully theirs as quickly as possible….

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27/05/2020

Making a Will features in Thursfields’ first Talk Legal webinar | Wills and Estates

A new series of free webinars is being launched by Thursfields Solicitors next month, with the first one focused on “Making a Will”. “Talk Legal – An audience with Deborah Beal” will be held at 10am on Wednesday 3 June. Deborah Beal an associate solicitor in the Wills & Estates department,  will introduce the webinar…

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22/04/2020

Consider remote Mediation for disputes during Lockdown

Inheritance and probate disputes are still being progressed during Covid-19 with the assistance of online mediation services.  Mediation is often used to achieve resolution of disputes.  The use of technology (for example, a video conferencing platform such as Zoom) can provide conditions as close as possible to those of a face to face mediation. The…

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22/04/2020

Don’t take short-cuts on Wills during COVID-19

It is reported that the government is looking at changing requirements around witnessing a Will in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Currently a Will must be signed by the testator in the presence of two independent witnesses, but the Ministry of Justice is consulting with the Law Society to consider relaxing the signing requirements….

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21/04/2020

Changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) Forms during Covid-19 | Wills and estates

Emergency COVID-19 measures that mean there is no longer a need for handwritten signatures on inheritance tax (IHT) forms have been welcomed by Thursfields Solicitors. The comments from the leading Midlands law firm comes as HMRC announced it was temporarily accepting printed signatures on IHT returns instead of personal representatives’ physical signatures when there is…

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17/04/2020

Webinar: Legal issues affecting Business owners | Wills and estates

Legal experts, Stewart Coles and Laura Banks will be hosting a webinar in conjunction with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on 29 April at 12pm. The webinar will focus on latest property issues affecting business owners and also discuss the importance and relevance of making wills and LPAs. To register, see link below: https://hwchamber.co.uk/webinar-legal-issues-affecting-business-owners-assessing-your-financial-affairs-during-coronavirus/

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08/04/2020

Making a Will in contemplation of marriage or a civil partnership | Wills and Estates

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown many plans in to turmoil across the globe. Schools closed, holidays cancelled, exams rescheduled, the list goes on. One industry in particular that has seen upheaval as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wedding industry. Had you plans to marry or form a civil partnership in March, April…

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27/03/2020

Double-up on Power of Attorney to beat Coronavirus (COVID-19) delays | Wills and Estates

Families seeking to help manage the affairs of a loved one during self-isolation should “double-up” Power of Attorney documents to beat COVID-19 delays. Sam Thornton, an Associate Solicitor in the Wills and Estates department at Thursfields, was commenting on the likelihood that the current timing of eight to ten weeks to get a Lasting Power…

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