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Will disputes – how to avoid them!

It’s not uncommon for someone’s Will to reveal one or two surprises. Perhaps the deceased has left money to an unexpected beneficiary, or perhaps their estate is much larger (or smaller!) than they led people to believe. And then there’s disappointment or shock, when those expecting to be included are not – with the inheritance being distributed elsewhere.

Probate fees increase scrapped

In recent weeks the government has confirmed that the restructure has been abandoned, and probate fees will remain unchanged. We have more information about the probate process in our online Guide to the Administration of an Estate.

Two Stepsisters; One Inheritance Dispute

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.

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Making an appointment convenient for you…

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?

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

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...

Are you on the Donor Register?

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.

The Cost of Dying is increasing

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.

Get your Will checked!

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, Buckingham & now Oxford!

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.

Probate fees are on the increase

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?