The Importance of Including Digital Assets in Your Will

Following a difficult eighteen months, many of us have reflected on our present circumstances and have felt an increasing importance to protect ourselves and our loved ones for the future. Making and updating a will can bring peace of mind that your possessions and finances are looked after for the long-term, but recent research has […]

Proposed Rise to Probate Fees Receives Criticism from The Law Society

According to proposals published by the Government’s Ministry of Justice on 8th July, fees to apply for a grant of probate will increase from £215 for non-professional users and £155 for professional users to a single fee of £273 for all applicants. The Law Society of England and Wales and other members of the profession […]

When, Why and How Should I Update My Will?

Once written, signed and witnessed, it is easy to forget about your will and put it out of your mind as a job done. In order to avoid heartache and stress for your loved ones after you die however, it is important to keep your will up to date and in line with your wishes. […]

The Cost of Probate Delays and the Benefits of Professional Help

After being contacted by several desperate readers, the Observer newspaper printed an article earlier this month revealing the emotional impact experienced by grieving families across the UK in their efforts to apply for probate. (‘Grieving relatives tell of despair at months of waiting for probate’, Anna Tims, the Observer, 2 May 2021). Describing the process […]

A Fairer Future for Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

After a challenging year during the pandemic, we have all had the opportunity and motive to reflect on the future and the security of our finances, assets, and families. Later life planning has become an increasingly important concern for adults of all ages, including pre-paid funeral plans. The main advantage of a pre-paid funeral plan […]

Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. A year on and official figures reveal that over half a million people have since passed away in the UK. This number comprises over 100,000 excess deaths. And while the death of a loved one can be overwhelming at any time, families […]

Creating a Will Made Easier by New Online Improvements

The past year has provided an opportunity to reflect on our lives and review how we can prepare for the future. Later life planning has increased not only as a means to ensure our own security but to equally provide peace of mind for our loved ones, especially when it comes to making a will. […]

Why Current Funeral Costs are Causing ‘Serious Concerns’

Funerals are always a difficult time, no matter what the circumstances. Covid-19, however, has made the experience even more stressful; emotionally, financially, and in terms of  making all the arrangements. With ongoing lockdown restrictions, these complications are set to continue. There are also growing concerns that some funeral providers are making the situation worse. Increased […]

Including a Funeral in your Later Life Planning

Including a Funeral in your Later Life Planning Arranging your funeral may seem morbid, but it will help to ensure that you and your family have complete peace of mind for what lies ahead. Experienced funeral providers Golden Leaves have revealed interesting evidence about current consumer views on later life planning. Regardless of age, funerals […]

Online Probate Forms Now Mandatory

Starting this month, solicitors will submit probate forms and applications online under legislation laid in parliament on 1st October. This comes as the government promises a ‘quicker and more reliable’ probate service. The New Legislation   HM Courts and Tribunals Services have been urging practitioners to use the online service ever since the project was […]