Holographic Wills

Holographic Wills - Q&A

Our Wills and Probate partner, Andrew Milburn, takes part in the Holographic Wills Q&A with the Solicitor Chat on Twitter. | Do holographic wills need to be witnessed or notarised? All wills need to be witnessed in accordance with the Wills Act 1837. This means, with some exceptions, that you…


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Testamentary capacity - a case update

When making a will, the testator (the person making the will) must have testamentary capacity. If the testator does not have testamentary capacity, the will is invalid. The issue of capacity is unfortunately quite familiar to contentious probate solicitors and the court. The High Court recently…


Leaving a Gift to Charity

Leaving a gift to charity in your will - Q&A

Our Wills and Probate Solicitor, Andrew Milburn, answers questions on leaving a gift to charity in your will.  | What are the benefits of leaving a gift to charity in your will? As well as benefitting your chosen charity, you can also reduce or remove inheritance tax liabilities. Gifts to charities…


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Disputes over forged wills

Will forgery is unfortunately quite familiar to contentious probate solicitors and the court. The High Court recently looked at an interesting dispute over a suspected forged will, which we will look at in this article. | How would I know if someone has forged a will? There are several factors that…


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Government proposes to modernise the Lasting Power of Attorney process

There are over five million registered Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in England and Wales. And this number has increased considerably over the last few years. However, there is concern that the process for making an LPA is slow and outdated. As a result, the Ministry of Justice has launched a…


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10% off Conveyancing and Wills and Probate for Blue Light Card holders

We at Levi Solicitors appreciate the hard work that goes into working in the NHS, emergency services and armed forces. So we are pleased to work with the Blue Light Card scheme, which offers discounts to those that work within these sectors. We can now proudly offer a 10% discount off our legal…


online legal services

Online legal services: how can we help you?

If you are looking for a solicitor we can help you. Our solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly service to clients across the UK. During the pandemic, businesses had to dramatically adapt their way of working and how they provide their services. At Levi Solicitors LLP, we have…


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Top 10 reasons to make a will

Every year thousands of people die intestate (without leaving behind a valid will). Many people think that they don’t need one, that they don’t have anything worth leaving behind or that they have plenty of time to make a will. However, dying intestate can cause many problems including delays,…


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Government proposals to increase court fees

In March 2021, the Ministry of Justice started a consultation on raising various court fees by 8%. If the proposals are approved, this will be the first court fee increase for five years. At the same time, they are considering changing the threshold for receiving help with court fees. This could…


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Kate Garraway: Finding Derek | Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Over the last year, we have seen the story of TV presenter Kate Garraway and her husband, Derek Draper, on television and in the news. Last week saw a documentary, “Kate Garraway: Finding Derek”, which told the story of their struggles since Mr Draper was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in March…