Probate and Estate Planning

Contentious Probate in the News!

The Court of Appeal has awarded an estranged daughter the substantial sum of £164,000 from her late mother’s estate after contesting a will, in a decision that has garnered considerable press attention. The Court of Appeal’s decision has confirmed the rights and ability of children cut out of their parents’ wills to bring a claim […]

Disputed Wills: What are the rights of a long-term partner excluded from a will signed before their relationship?

Our Disputed Wills team have accepted instructions from a client whose late mother’s Estate is subject to a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Our client is the sole beneficiary of her mother’s estate under a Will signed three years before her mother met her long term partner, with whom […]

Planning for the future seminars from Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris

We understand that planning for the future is never easy.  So that is why we are holding, a series of seminars in conjunction with LIFT Financial, to provide you with insight and information to help you start the process.  Michael Sandler will be on hand, along with Joel Adams from LIFT Financial to discuss key […]

Wills, Probate and Estate Planning Jargon Buster

We understand that there is alot of terminology used when discussing Wills, Probate and Estate Planning so here is a jargon buster, which we hope will help clarify certain terms and phrases. Assets – anything owned of value i.e. property and land, cash, savings and investments, valuable items such as paintings, antiques or jewellery. Beneficiary – […]

Challenging the validity of a Will

A recent case ‘Wilson’ has acted as a reminder of how important it is to ensure that your Will is regarded as valid after your death. This is especially relevant if you are suffering from a long term condition which could, or will, affect your mental capacity in the future. The claimant, who was the […]

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is created, to enable someone to act upon the behalf of someone else (the Donor). There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA): 1.             The first refers to the Property and Financial Affairs of the Donor.  This allows the Donor to appoint a legally authorised person to look […]

Are you considering challenging a Will?

It is an upsetting time after a bereavement as you struggle to cope with the death of a loved one. The time can be fraught especially when trying to organise the funeral, attending to all of the paperwork as well as trying to identify the deceased’s wishes. This includes finding the person’s Will. Identifying the […]

Wills, Probate and Estate Planning; frequently asked questions

At Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell and Harris, our team are on hand to answer questions on all aspects of Wills, Probate and Estate Planning. Here are our currently most frequently asked questions:

Wills and estate planning; protect your estate and your loved ones

It’s hard to believe that nearly 60% of the adult population in the UK, do not have a Will. If you die without a Will or ‘intestate’, then the cruel truth is that the law will decide what your relatives will receive from your estate. This can mean that relatives who you haven’t seen for […]