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Wills & probate

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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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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