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  A fortune for a feline: is it even legal? Last month it was reported that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had passed away. The famed creative director of leading fashion house, Chanel, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer aged 85 after having amassed a considerable fortune (as much as £150 million according to media reports)….

  Gaby Eirew suffered two big bereavements in the space of a month. The experience impelled her to find a way of prompting parents to record video messages for their children. When Gaby Eirew’s father was dying from pancreatic cancer one of his last pieces of advice was: “Grieve for me for two years, after…

PARIS: Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette was already the most famous cat in fashion. Now the white fluffy Burmese cat that the late fashion designer doted on could be about to become the richest feline on the planet. The pampered eight-year-old puss has enjoyed a jetset lifestyle eating off silver platters since Lagerfeld “kidnapped” her in 2011…

The Government is undertaking a £1 billion programme of judicial reform including extensive changes to the probate system which will see a sliding scale of court fees introduced to increase the flat fee paid through a solicitor of £155 on an estate valued at between £500,000 and £1 million to £2,500. On estates valued at…

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…

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