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What is Claudia's Law? What To Do When Someone Goes Missing

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When a loved one is missing, their close family and friends are of course going through an incredibly distressing time. When emotions are running high, and you’re deeply concerned for someone’s safety, arranging legal practicalities is naturally...

Can a scrap of paper be a Will?

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Aretha Franklin is a household name around the world. Until now she was known for her stellar 50-year career as a soul singer and for her activism. But since her death in 2018 she has been in the news more as the latest in an increasingly long line of...

My loved-one died abroad. How do I deal with their English estate?

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Does it really matter where someone dies? Yes, it can do. It really depends on what assets they have and where those assets are, as well as where their permanent home was at the time of their death. If someone dies on holiday, but all of their estate is in...

How Do I Apply for a Declaration of Presumption of Death?

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When a loved one goes missing it is emotionally draining for their friends and family who are left wondering where they are and whether they are safe. As well as this, the situation can be practically draining, as you have to deal with matters that are left...

How do I look after my loved-one's finances when they are missing?

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The recent sad events surrounding Nicola Bulley going missing in Lancashire brought up memories for many, of Claudia Lawrence’s disappearance in Yorkshire in 2009. The key difference in the cases is that Claudia has never been found. Back in 2009,...

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...

Six Reasons Why Every Parent Should Make a Will

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Should I make a Will? Well some people believe that wills are only for people over a certain age, or only if you have assets to ‘hand down’ when you die, and whilst neither of these are true, it is also important that every parent must make a...