Private Client Law Blog

16 October 2019

Probate fees: the saga is finally over

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 We understand that the statutory instrument which was awaiting parliamentary approval will be withdrawn.


Diva Shah

15 October 2019

Probate: heritage assets - could your artwork or antiques pay the inheritance tax bill?

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. 

Diva Shah

7 October 2019

Probate: unoccupied property – do I need house insurance?

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.

Diva Shah

16 August 2019

Married couples - individual wills need a joint approach

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.

Jim Sawer

16 August 2019

Who died first? Judgment handed down in Scarle v Scarle

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. 

Kate Salter

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