A recent survey has demonstrated just how damaging disputes over the estates of loved ones can be to their families and those closest to them. A well written Will should help to avoid any uncertainty and further upset at an already challenging time.
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Many individuals choose to appoint a professional such as their solicitor, for example, as their executor. This is quite different to their executor choosing to instruct solicitors to act for them in the administration. Professional executors are appointed often in practice for a variety of reasons and can be appointed alongside family members or on their own.
The question of who dies first can often have consequences in relation to who inherits an estate, but what happens when a couple die at the same time? This was the situation that has arisen in an English court case, where a particular set of circumstances means that the ruling would settle a family battle over who would get a £300,000 legacy.
The Supreme Court in Spain recently ruled in favour of a mother who had disinherited two of her children because they had, on repeated occasions, accused her of "practising witchcraft". However, an ancient Scottish law prevents a parent from disinheriting a child and spouse.
April heralds fresh increases for Commissary/Confirmation Fees for those dealing with a deceased's estate, as well as Capital Limits Thresholds for care fees.