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The number of people dying without a will, that is to say “intestate”, remains alarmingly high. Yet, leaving things to chance can cause unnecessary stress and heartache for loved ones left behind. The intestacy rules, which determine who inherits your estate if you have not made a will, date back almost a century, and despite…

The third anniversary of Prince’s death has recently passed and there are few signs of the administration of his estate being concluded as reported in-fighting between the administrator and the beneficiaries continues. Caroline Belam comments on how some of the issues might have been avoided if Prince had prepared a Will. On 21 April 2016,…

It may be tempting to use a do-it-yourself will kit to decide how to divide your estate after you die, but you could create problems that will leave loved ones with a legal headache. The number of inheritance disputes being heard in the High Court has jumped by over 60% in the past two years….

Have you been an executor in the last 30 years? It is possible thousands of pounds could be owing to your deceased relatives estate for mis-sold PPI. In the wake of the PPI saga, the Banks put back more than £50 billion to cover the costs of settling any claims. It is estimated that around…

  A clutch of the wealthiest families in the UK are taking advantage of inheritance tax rules designed to help small businesses and landowners, saving themselves almost £700m a year, according to a report. The campaigning group Tax Justice UK found 234 families with more than £1m in business assets shared £458m in relief in the 2015-16 year thanks…

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