Wills, Trust and Estates

Daughter more than quadrupled inheritance after challenging Will, helped by Thursfields

Pam Deol - Colour 2020

The importance of challenging Wills if legacies are smaller than expected has been highlighted by Thursfields Solicitors after it helped a client more than quadruple her inheritance. Pam Deol, a senior associate solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team at Thursfields was commenting on the settlement achieved for an adult daughter against her late mother’s estate…

Consider remote Mediation for disputes during Lockdown

Pam Deol - Colour 2020

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…

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

Samuel Thornton

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….

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

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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…

Webinar: Legal issues affecting Business owners | Wills and estates

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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/

Dispute over £6 million farm inheritance | Wills and estates

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Crucial advice from Thursfields Family members made promises as youngsters to inherit farm estates need specialist legal advice to help gather evidence crucial to their case, according to Thursfields Solicitors. The advice from the leading Midlands law firm comes after a court heard how a farmer is being sued by his mother in a bitter…

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…

Huge arguments faced by families because of lack of Wills

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Millions of families across the UK could face huge arguments because most people have not made a Will.The comments come after a survey found that 68 per cent of UK adults are what is known as “intestate” – equivalent to nearly 28 million people.Meanwhile, the survey found that 70 per cent think their families will…

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