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Wills & probate

Probate fees shake-up to send costs soaring for large estates

A reform of probate fees announced by the Ministry of Justice will see costs for the wealthiest estates rise by thousands of pounds from April 2019.

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Banks bungling power of attorney registration

Acting for a loved one under Power of Attorney? Exclusive Which? research reveals the worst banks for registering an LPA and obtaining correct information.

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New service notifies banks of a loved one’s death with a single click

If you're dealing with a loved one's estate, a new service allows you to notify six financial institutions in one go. Which? explains how it works.

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Millions risk dying without a will

Many people without a will believe they have nothing worth inheriting - but the risks are high. Which? explains who needs a will and how to get one.

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Writing a will: 13 common mistakes to avoid

Your will sets out what you want to happen to your possessions when you die, so it’s vital to get right. Which? lists the common pitfalls to avoid.

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Millions owed Power of Attorney refund: are you eligible?

Find out if you're owed a refund for your Power of Attorney application.

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Are you financially prepared for death?

Britons are woefully underprepared when it comes to leaving their finances in order on their death, one of the UK’s biggest insurers has revealed.  Royal London – which boasts former...

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new digital probate service

Online probate service launched: how to speed up your application

If you’re the executor of an estate in England and Wales, you can now apply online for probate using a new digital service launched by HM Courts and Tribunal Services....

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Making a will by text message? 7 ways will-writing may be modernised

Radical proposals to update the way wills are written and interpreted in the UK have been put forward by the Law Commission – including the ability to put down your...

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Have you forgotten these 5 assets in your will?

If a frequent flyer dies without bequeathing their air miles, their estate could miss out on thousands of pounds in value, according to recent reports in The Telegraph. But air...

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