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Families at war: How to avoid disputes over wills

When a loved one passes away, it is painful enough without the added upset of a family feud over a will. Sadly, family disputes over wills are not uncommon, adding to the anguish and stress of a difficult time.  However, there are certain steps that can be taken to help prevent potential...

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Wills

What is a “Living Will”?

A living will sets out a person’s wishes about the medical treatment they wish to receive if they become terminally ill.  It can also set out their care choices should they be unable to communicate those wishes themselves.  Any adult who has full mental capacity can make a living will.  There...

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Wills

How to find a lost will

If you believe a recently deceased person had written a will and you are unsure as to where it may be, here are some suggestions of where you could look. The deceased’s home and paperwork The first place to start is the deceased’s own paperwork. If they were organised, they may well have kept...

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Probate

Timescales in Probate

When can I apply for Probate or Letters of Administration? You can apply for Probate or Letters of Administration at any time - there is no cut-off point. Some people prefer to begin probate as soon as possible; others are not ready to begin dealing with a loved one’s estate for several months...

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