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What clients say about Liz:

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  • I would definitely recommend Thornton Jones Solicitors! Elizabeth listened and made me feel at ease throughout the process. I could not make any suggestions on how to improve as all is first class.

    Brian Woodhouse
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When probate goes wrong and what you can do to prevent it

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The Probate process may seem straightforward, but that does not mean that it is not without its pitfalls, and it is very easy for things to go wrong. In this blog we do not intend to talk about claims against estates or disagreements between beneficiaries...

What assets do I need to gather and how do I do it?

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Dealing with a deceased estate can be a tricky task especially at a time when you may be grieving your loss, so knowing what to do and how to do it is both important (so you do it right) and helpful (so you know what to do in the first place). If you are...

What is the Grant of Probate?

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When a loved one dies there is often much admin to be done and dealing with Probate can be a time-consuming and confusing process, especially at a time when you and your family will be grieving your loss. Of the many administrative tasks to be completed,...

How do I establish the value of a deceased's Estate?

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Calculating the value of a deceased’s estate can seem daunting. Where do you start? What do you need to include? And what tax might be due to HMRC? At a time when you will be grief-stricken the added burden of dealing with the Probate for the...

What is probate and what must you do when someone dies?

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When a loved one dies and you are named as the executor, there are several very important jobs for you to complete. It’s not uncommon for the executor to employ the services of a solicitor at this stage, especially as some of the jobs can be time...

What are Mirror Wills and Why You Should Have Them

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Mirror Wills aren’t right for everyone but if you are a couple, married or otherwise, and you are in agreement that upon your death your assets should be passed to the surviving partner then having Mirror...

Making a Will in 2021

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Here at Thornton Jones we love to stay engaged and involved and when the subject is relevant to our business we take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat which is a weekly Twitter discussion Recently one of our Private...

5 Benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney

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During these Covid times there has been much coverage on the increase in people making Wills, a reaction to the increased number of Covid related deaths which, at time of writing, is over 60,000 in the UK. Clearly this has proven to be somewhat of a wake-up...

DIY Wills and What Can Go Wrong

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With the current national lockdown coming to an end and as we re-enter the three tier system we continue to receive an increased number of enquiries from people who want to make or update their Wills. Unfortunately the lockdown and three tier restrictions...

When contesting a Will must I really take it to Court?

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If you choose to contest a Will it’s worth knowing what the process might look like for you and how, at a time of grief, resolving the matter through mediation might be a preferred option for everyone involved. One of the struggles that clients have...

Guardianship of Young Children

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You might think that making a Will is all about what happens to your money when you die, and in the main this is right! You may have many different types of assets ranging from physical cash in savings, property, valuable personal possessions and...

Abusing Lasting Power of Attorney

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The last few months have demonstrated the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for those who have been unable to leave their own homes or who have been concerned about dealing with their own affairs and have benefited from someone being able to...

Prince Died Four Years Ago and Left No Will.

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Four years ago today the music legend Prince passed away. With a career earning him seven Grammy Awards, seven Brit Awards and a Golden Globe Award to name just a few you’d expect him to have an Estate worth a bob or two. In fact it’s...

Urgent Calls for the Change to the Law for Witnessing Wills

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In a few short weeks we have seen unprecedented change across all sectors of life here in the UK and across the world. Already, we can see how communities are pulling together to support one another, particularly those who may be vulnerable or isolated....

When You Wish To Contest A Will

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In December, after five years of hard work and study I was successfully rewarded with the recognition of becoming a fully qualified member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists. Being welcomed into a group of such highly skilled...

Cohabitation on the rise - are you protected?

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In a recent survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics, it was found that the number of cohabiting couple families continues to grow faster than married couple or lone parent families with an increase of 25.8% over the decade between 2008 and...

What's your digital legacy?

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Digital what? I hear you say. Surely you can't be talking to me. Think again.... You have made your Will to decide how your bank accounts and other assets should be dealt with. So what is a "digital legacy"? This includes your online music...

Can I make a Will by Text Message ?

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You may have seen headlines recently about the law concerning making a will – “Could a text become your will?” was one headline! This is a reference to a recent Law Commission report which looks at the current laws on making a will and...

Inheritance update - 1st October 2014

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As of yesterday new rules came into force which change the way your estate will pass if you have not made a will. Your spouse will receive the first £250,000 of your estate together with your personal chattels. The remainder will be divided equally...

The Common Law Monster!

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One thing that is always sure to make me grind my teeth with frustration is the perpetuated myth of the Common Law partner. Rather like the Loch Ness monster this fabled creature quite simply does not exist. As a Family lawyer, one of the hardest parts of...

Powers of Attorney - is it right for you?

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Many people consider putting in place Wills to provide for their loved ones in the event of their death. What is commonly overlooked is the making of arrangements to protect not only loved ones but also ourselves in the event that we become incapable...