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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…

  Following the Golden Rule to avoid problems with wills Drawing up a will is a complex business and newspaper headlines are constantly reminding us of how things can go wrong – it can be both emotionally draining and financially damaging to seek redress after someone has died. It’s important to avoid potential claims on…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DEATH… When it comes to dying, the Boy Scouts motto Be Prepared would be a good one to adopt. Many people are reluctant to contemplate their own mortality, which is why organisations and individuals from the NHS, health and care sectors, housing groups, community organisations, educational establishments, faith groups, the…

New rules governing trusts have been brought in as part of a Europe-wide initiative to combat money laundering and the funding of terrorism. The scope of the new legislation includes an online register which requires trustees to submit information to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs by a deadline. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says trusts need…

August is the most popular month of the year for weddings. It could be something to do with the anticipation of fine weather, or the fact that it coincides with school summer holidays or the ease with which people can get time off work. Whatever the reason, an August weekend is the top choice for…

Many people have heard of the expression Lasting Power of Attorney – the ability to appoint someone to make decisions in the event of an individual becoming incapacitated. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says that many firms need to make similar arrangements to protect their businesses as well. Lucy, who heads the Wills and Probates department…

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