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…

Founded in 1969, Fraser and Fraser has unique experience in the fields of genealogy and international probate research, meaning the firm is particularly well equipped at finding missing beneficiaries to unclaimed estates   When Nathan and Simon Fraser established their partnership in 1969, society was at a crossroads. Divorce rates were on the rise, emigration…

As part of the Society of Will Writers 25th anniversary year, we are again revisiting IFA’s and other professions in the financial services sector. For years, IFA’s felt providing Wills for their clients was a waste of time and resources, especially when they could be out selling their own products. Today the market is totally…

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…

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…

It is becoming ever more important for people to consider their digital assets, particularly when considering their Will. As such, The Society has been working with Safe 4 – information management in creating an online tool for both the Will Writer and their client. The tool, a Digital Inheritance Vault will provide a means of allowing the…