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Wills & probate

Probate fees hike scrapped: deceased estates avoid bills of up to £6,000

Bereaved families no longer face the prospect of a hefty bill for probate applications, with the government announcing a planned fee rise will not go ahead.

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9 common misconceptions about writing a will

Millions of adults in the UK haven’t made a will. We run through common misconceptions that could be holding them back and what the reality is.

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Probate fees hike from April 2019: will you face a bill for thousands?

Families could be hit with huge bills after a loved one passes away after a shake-up to probate fees. Which? explains the new fees and how much you'll pay.

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Nearly 800,000 people still owed Power of Attorney refund: are you eligible?

Nearly one million people could get Power of Attorney refund after being overcharged for applications by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

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Online probate application system launches

People administering estates can now apply for the necessary paperwork from home, with HM Courts & Tribunals (HMCTS) new online probate service.

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More than half of parents don’t have a will. But what will happen to your children if you die?

We explain everything you need to know about writing a will, and what could happen if you die without one.

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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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