Mental capacity requirements to make a Will

With debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s on the increase, the question of whether or not a person has mental capacity to make a Will frequently arises. Alvin David, Wills and Probate specialist at KWW Solicitors explains the rules. Assessing mental capacity Mental capacity, in the context of making a Will, broadly relates to whether a […]

Reducing the risk of attorneys falling out

The steady rise in life expectancy means it is more important than ever that people appoint someone to take control of their financial and healthcare decisions if they are no longer able to do so themselves through ill health. This is done by appointing attorneys under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which gives the […]

The perils of DIY probate

An increasing number of executors choose to deal with an estate themselves when a close relative dies. But is this really a wise move, asks Alvin David, of our Wills and probate team… The reality is that probate is usually a complex process, even where the estate appears to be small and straightforward. If you take […]

Your Will: Don’t put it off!

Most people don’t like to think about their own mortality, but planning for the future is important to ensure your property, money and possessions are distributed the way you intend. Here. Alvin David, one of our Wills specialists, offers his thoughts on a very important subject… A study from YouGov in 2017 found that 62% […]

Making a Will when you retire

Having a Will is important for every adult but is even more so as you enter retirement and start to put your affairs in order. With time on your hands, it is a good opportunity to make an appointment with your solicitor to make or update your Will and plan for your old age while […]

Trustees’ duty to give information to beneficiaries

It can be flattering to be asked by a relative or close friend to be a trustee of their estate, but this is a role with important legal obligations and disputes can arise when beneficiaries do not agree with the actions of trustees. One such area of potential disagreement is the amount of information that […]

Lessons from widow’s fight for digital memories

A judge this week ordered Apple to give a widow access to her late husband’s online accounts which contained thousands of treasured family photographs and videos. Unfortunately, her husband had not made a Will, and without consent regarding access to the account, the tech giant said it would release the content only under a court […]

The probate process and our role

This quick-reference table explains the role of your solicitor at each of the various stages of obtaining probate. We hope this helps you to understand the process and how our expert lawyers can support you at every step of the way. You need to… Your solicitor will… Register the death with the localregister office. Obtain […]

Controversy over new Probate fees schedule

From April 2019, some estates in England and Wales could be required to pay almost £6,000 for a service that currently costs less than 4% of that amount. This is because of a proposed change to the fees families must pay to administer the estate of someone who has died. This process, more generally referred […]

Changing a Will after someone has died

Sometimes the generosity of a friend or relative leaving you a gift in their Will can backfire if it turns out your estate will need to pay tax on it or if there is a chance it could be swallowed up in future care costs or in satisfying some other type of claim. It may also be the case that […]