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A woman who had not seen her estranged father for 26 years has been refused a larger bequest from his estate. Lady Tara Wellesley, the artist daughter of Earl Cowley who died in 2016, had been left £20,000 in her father’s will. The £1.3 million estate provided the four-times married earl’s widow with an income…

They say that only the good die young and that’s certainly supported by statistics with the average life expectancy in the Westcountry 83 years for women and 80 years for men. But a report to the House of Commons last year indicated a rise in mortality rates since 2012 for 15-34-year-olds. Many young people may…

We live in a digital age – we book everything from books to holidays, pay bills, buy lunch and coffee on the same phone we use to upload photos, listen to music, play games and even, occasionally, make phone calls. But what happens to our digital assets when we die? Most of us will have…

The courts launched the online probate application service in 2018 and it has recently been rolled out to the general public and executors seeking to “DIY” probate. According to the courts service the probate process is now “simpler and easier” as people can now apply for probate from the comfort of their own home. But…

  New research has revealed that 5.4m have no idea about the process of writing a will. The study found that over half (54%) of the adult population do not have a will and when it comes to those with children, 59% of parents either have a will that is out of date or admit…

Ipswich based company, Universal Wealth Preservation (UWP), has for a number of years claimed to be able to protect homes and savings from care fees, the taxman and other threats, by setting up Wealth Preservation Trusts. Sadly for the many clients involved, UWP is now facing an investigation, and there are reports of several people…

    The so called ‘Death Tax’ rears it’s ugly head again as the subject of probate reform is being reviewed once more, after HUGE resistance last time around… See the following article from the Mirror to learn more about these proposed changes and what it could mean for you. Thousands of bereaved families face…

Here at CWC we’re proud to be supporting our charity of the year, Gables Farm with ‘Make a Will Week’ Coming Monday 8th October to Friday 12th. Throughout this week, as a firm we will be providing simple single or mirror wills and ask that you make a donation to Gables Farm or leave a…

We are pleased to announce that Tony Pearce has now taken over the role of supervising solicitor at our Tavistock office. Tony has over 30 years of experience assisting clients resolve disputes, mainly in relation to the legal issues and problems that often arise after someone has passed away or there is a suspicion of financial abuse involving an elderly or infirm person. Tony is a full…

  A recent Which? Legal survey [23 June 2018] has revealed that most people in England are at risk of not having their final wishes respected because they don’t have a will. The consumer organisation’s research shows the only 47% of people in the South West have a will in place. “That comes as no…

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