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Do you remember the recent case in the news of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? Tragically, when Mr and Mrs Scarle died, their bodies were not discovered for several days. When they were found, it was not clear who had died first.This became an issue when their estates were being dealt with, and here’s why.
It’s important to chat with us face to face to explain your needs, discuss your options, and give us instructions. Find out about our home visit service for standard, non-emergency appointments which might otherwise take place at our office…
Should I set up a Trust?A Trust is a tool which is used to manage the administration or gifting of assets or money in a specific way. Trusts are a tax efficient way of managing gifts, so there is a wide range of Trusts to provide for a variety of estate planning...
Getting to grips with Estate Accounts The person appointed to administer the estate when someone dies is either determined by their Will (in which Executors are appointed) or by next of kin. There may be one or more persons involved in this process and they are known...
Pre-paid funeral plan provider, Rest Assured Funeral Plans, have partnered with the NHS in a pilot scheme to increase membership of the Organ Donor Register. It is hoped that people who are already having frank conversations about death will be open to discussing what should happen to their bodies when they die.
When we die, we’re not there to foot the bill, so why should we worry? It can be tricky – or impossible – for loved ones to come up with a significant sum of money at the time of a death. Even more so if the event is unexpected. Prepaid funeral plans enable us to cover these costs in advance.
If you’ve got a Will, it’s a good idea to check it’s up to date. Passage of time, changed relationships and updates to legislation could mean it no longer does what you intended. If you need a new Will we can do this for you. Our fixed Will writing costs start from £199 for a single simple Will.
Bicester Wills & Probate launched in 2010, and opened an office in Buckingham in 2018. We are delighted to now also have an office in Headington, Oxford. We look forward to servicing the Wills & Probate needs of the local community in Oxford.
Currently, there is a set fee of £215 to obtain a Grant of Probate. The new fee to be charged for Probate applications will be calculated on a sliding scale, probably around 0.5% of the value of the estate. This will have a huge impact on the costs of most probate applications, so what can you do about it?
If we become too ill to speak for ourselves, we are deemed to have ‘lost capacity’. Treatment and general care decisions will be made by our medical team and clinicians based on our best interests. Let’s look at the role of Health and Welfare LPAs.
The question of who’ll keep our finances in order if we have lost our capacity to manage them is a huge one! It’s important to have someone we trust. Everyone’s heard scare stories of people targeted by unscrupulous ‘good samaritans’ who clear out their bank accounts… It doesn’t have to be that way.