As much as we try to encourage testators to speak with the people they wish to appoint as executors to inform them of their choice, some people will one day find themselves surprised with the role. Many of these people will have this responsibility placed on them at a time where they are grieving the…

I had hoped that we would not see a return to the late nineties when low cost Wills, free Wills were rife within the profession. Unfortunately, we are seeing a resurgence of this practice, which is neither good news for the profession or the consumer as most clients who took these services believing they were…

With less than a months’ notice the Government have announced changes to the process of applying for probate in England & Wales. These changes are being brought into effect on the 27th November 2018 by The Non-Contentious Probate (Amendment) Rules 2018). As this Statutory Instrument has been laid as a negative instrument it requires no…

Increased Probate Fees Scrapped   Earlier this year the Government announced plans to increase probate fees from 1 May 2017 by introducing a sliding scale of fees based on the value of the estate. Fees were due to rise from £215, or £155 if the application is made by a solicitor, up to a maximum…