when someone dies

What to do when someone dies: a step by step guide

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. To try to ease the burden, we set out a guide to some of the practical steps you may need to take when someone dies. From registering the death, to dealing with property and possessions. 1. Registering the death When someone dies, a doctor issues a death…


future care

Future care planning: Lasting Powers of Attorney

A worrying review of the way that Do Not Attempt Resuscitate (DNAR) orders has been applied during the Covid-19 pandemic, brings to the fore the need to consider your future care. Planning for your future and discussing what you want with your loved ones will not only put your mind at ease, but…


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Why use a solicitor?

On 14 October, we joined the Law Society on Twitter to discuss the benefits and value that clients can receive from instructing a solicitor, rather than choosing to deal with the issue on their own. If you were not able to follow the chat, here is how Gemma Horner answered the questions. 1. What…


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Video-witnessing of wills: Will it work?

COVID-19 has touched every part of our lives in 2020. We have worked from home, seen our friends and families through Zoom or Skype, and are getting used to wearing face coverings. The pandemic has also affected how we make wills, and I have received many queries from clients wondering how to make…


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I’m married, do I need a will?

Whatever your relationship status, you might have questions about whether you need to make a will. We take a look at some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions on the effect of getting married (or divorced) on your will. I’m not married. Will my partner inherit my estate? If you die…


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Buying a house with friends - Frequently Asked Questions

This week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about buying a house with friends. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. How many people can become owners of a single property? What rights do they have? Up to four people. They…


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Is making a will your New Year's Resolution?

Last week, we joined in with a Law Society Twitter discussion about how people can make making a will their new year’s resolution for 2020. If you weren’t able to join in #SolicitorChat, here are our answers to the questions. 1. Talk us through the process of making a will and how a…


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Joint property ownership

Joint tenants v tenants in common When you buy a property with another person or people, you can either buy as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. It is important to consider both options to decide which is the most suitable for your circumstances. Clients often ask us…


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Wills and jointly owned assets - Q&A

We participated in #SolicitorChat on Twitter this morning, answering questions about Wills and jointly owned assets. Andrew Milburn from our Wills and Probate team was on hand to answer the questions. If you were not able to follow the chat live, we set our answers out below: 1.  If someone dies…


probate fee

Probate fee hike dropped by the Government. Again.

Last week, the Government announced that it has dropped its planned probate fee hike. What are the current fees? Fees are paid to the Probate Registry when you make an application for a Grant of Representation following someone’s death. Not all estates require a grant. However, if the estate…