Wills and Estates


Coronavirus (Covid-19): Upsurge in Wills and Powers of Attorney requests

Law firms are busy coping with an upsurge in requests for new Wills and Powers of Attorney because of the Covid-19 pandemic and we are providing services remotely as we steer through these unprecedented times. Laura Banks, a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Wills & Estates department at Thursfields, was commenting on how the health…

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Free training event for legal professionals on Wills, legacies and trustee issues

Legal professionals who want to develop their knowledge of Wills, legacies and trustee issues can benefit from a free event in Worcester co-hosted by Thursfields Solicitors. The half-day of continuing professional development will take place at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium from 8.30am to 1pm on Thursday 26 March. Thursfields is running the event in partnership…

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Welcome increase in statutory payout doesn’t hide the need to make a Will

A new law which brings in a small increase in the amount spouses and civil partners can inherit when someone dies without making a Will simply emphasises the huge importance of making a Will. Michelle Hetheridge, Director of Wills & Estates, said the change in the statutory legacy which increases from £250,000 to £270,000 from…

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Why everyone needs a Will, now not later!

The shortest ever valid Will read “Vse zene” meaning “All to wife” in Czech. It was written and dated 19 January 1967 by Herr Karl Tausch of Langen, Hessen, West Germany. The longest ever valid Will was made by Mrs. Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook on 2 November 1925. The Will had 95,940 words in four…

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Thursfields’ advice after daughter loses challenge over mother’s £100 legacy | Dispute Resolution

A woman who failed to convince a court that her mother’s nominal legacy was invalid is a prime example of why quality evidence is crucial in such cases, according to Thursfields Solicitors. The comments come after Patricia Johnson tried to challenge her mother’s Will after being left just £100, while her brother inherited assets worth…

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Thursfields lawyer | Dispute resolution

Thursfields lawyer listed as a specialist in Certainty Contentious Probate Hub & Area A top lawyer at Thursfields Solicitors has been listed as a specialist by Certainty the National Will Register – The Law Society’s endorsed provider of The National Will Register. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team in Thursfields’…

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Huge arguments faced by families | Family law

These arguments are occurring because of the lack of Wills… Millions of families across the UK could face huge arguments because most people have not made a Will. The comments come after a new survey found that 68 per cent of UK adults are what is known as “intestate” – equivalent to nearly 28 million…

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How stepsisters’ legal battle over £300k inheritance could have been avoided | Wills and estate

What lawyers described as an “extraordinary” battle over two stepsisters’ £300,000 inheritance when their parents died could easily have been avoided. Laura Banks, a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Wills & Estates team at Thursfields’ Birmingham office, was commenting after a high court case which began when John and Marjorie Ann Scarle were found dead…

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Former rugby star joins Thursfields’ Wills & Estates team in Worcester

A lawyer who spent ten years as a professional rugby player has been recruited to Thursfields Solicitors’ expanding Wills & Estates team in Worcester. Cerith Rees was a fly-half for various clubs in Wales, France and England, and his career highlights included representing Wales v French Barbarians in 2000 and playing for the Barbarians in…

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Top lawyer joins Thursfields’ expanding Wills & Estates team in Worcester

Thursfields Solicitors has recruited a highly skilled lawyer to become Associate Director of its expanding Wills & Estates team in Worcester. Ruth Baker joins the firm after spending seven years at Willans Solicitors in Cheltenham, where she was made a partner in June 2016. She was trained at Harrison Clark – now Harrison Clark Rickerbys…

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Thursfields’ lawyer ranked by top legal sector directory | Wills and estate

One of Thursfields Solicitors’ top Wills & Estates lawyers has repeated her ranking in the respected Chambers UK High Net Worth Guide 2019. Laura Banks, a Senior Associate Solicitor based at Thursfields’ Birmingham office, has been listed by Chambers for her expertise in private wealth law. Laura specialises in advising clients on trust and estate…

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