The Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland has announced that the proposed enormous increase in probate fees has been scrapped. We understand that the statutory instrument which was awaiting parliamentary approval will be withdrawn.
Not many people know, but in the UK it is within the government’s remit to protect and promote the country’s cultural and artistic heritage. As a result, there are heritage tax reliefs available on death.
What happens if a deceased’s estate includes property? How important can home insurance be? In short – very. Relying on existing cover or failing to insure assets properly can have serious ramifications.
The dispute over the estates of Leigh-on-Sea pensioners John and Marjorie Scarle was widely reported in the media this week. As a lawyer who prepares Wills, often for a couples in a second marriage, the case brought a double dose of sadly familiar disappointment.
This week HHJ Kramer handed down his judgment in the case concerning Mr and Mrs Scarle. The court was asked to consider the question as to which of them had died first in October 2016, after they were both found dead at their bungalow in Essex.