News entries in Wills and Probate

  • Supreme Court Judgment sees Charities triumph in Will dispute

    New Supreme Court Judgment sees Charities triumph over the deceased’s daughter in a dispute over Will

  • How do I know if a Will is valid?

    After the death of a family member or loved one, it is very difficult to think about what will happen to their assets and whether they left a Will. It is even more difficult when you are provided with a Will that you were not aware of or feel unsure about and you may need advice about this.

  • Case law: Power of Attorney can contain complex conditions and still take effect

    Individuals making a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can require complex conditions to be satisfied before it takes effect, but these should be drafted very carefully for the LPA to be effective.

  • Case law: Document varying Will to reduce inheritance tax was ineffective without special clause

    Beneficiaries trying to save inheritance tax by varying a Will must ensure the deed of variation contains a special clause, or it will be ineffective to save tax.

  • New law: ISA savers reviewing wills so surviving spouses and civil partners can benefit from new ISA inheritance laws

    Savers with ISAs should consider making wills, or revising existing wills, to see if surviving spouses or civil partners could benefit from new ISA inheritance laws when they die.

  • New rules: The hazards of not making a Will

    Having no Will can lead to arguments and upset amongst your loved ones, friends and any business partners after you die, just when they are trying to cope with their bereavement. We set out some of the problems that could arise.

  • Fee reduction beneficial to those registering a lasting power of attorneyFee reduction beneficial to those registering a lasting power of attorney

    Ashley Marshall, Wills and Probate solicitor at Marsden Rawsthorn urges people to consider making a lasting power of attorney (LPA) following the government’s decision to reduce the cost to register by approximately 15%.

    The fee to register an LPA was previously £130. This has now been reduced to £110 due to changes in the management of the schemes, including the introduction of new technology and improved efficiency, according to the Ministry of Justice.

  • Marsden Rawsthorn warns of DIY WillsMarsden Rawsthorn warns of DIY Wills

    Preston and Chorley-based solicitors, Marsden Rawsthorn, warns people about the dangers of DIY Wills, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) looks to bring Will-writing under legal services regulation. The firm is urging individuals to seek professional advice when preparing a Will, in order to meet legal requirements and avoid financial pitfalls.

  • Where there's a WillWhere there's a Will

    "People must be able to write a Will with confidence, not fear," according to a report from the Legal Services Board which calls for Will writers to be regulated to improve standards. A Will is a document in which a person declares their intention as to what should happen to their estate after their death. The Chairman of the Legal Services Board, David Edmonds, said "Making a Will is something everyone should do. It is one of the most important actions that individuals can undertake."

    Under current legislation Will writing services can be offered by anyone, even if they have no experience. Research has shown that there are significant numbers of people who receive poor service and poor outcomes from their advisors. Sadly for many, by the time a mistake is realised it may be too late to do anything about it. Under plans unveiled by the LSB Will writing will become a 'reserved activity', meaning that those who provide Will writing and estate administration must be regulated by one of eight approved regulatory bodies.

  • Beware of unregulated Will Writers!Beware of unregulated Will Writers!

    We welcomed the airing of BBC's Panorama "Wills: The Big Rip Off" on the 9th August 2010, which exposed some of the problems with Will Writers. Marsden Rawsthorn have for some time been warning about the dangers of using unregulated and unqualified Will Writers to prepare your will, and worst still execute probate.

    One the attractions of Will Writers is initially the cost seems very attractive. Often, as we saw in Panorama, initial fees quoted are low, in the example yesterday £60. However, once the salesperson visits, this is soon inflated as the Will Writers charge based on the number of clauses that are added, often these are unnecessary and can cause further problems if not they are not written correctly. Some examples we had dealt with include an instance where the client wished to exclude a family member from their will and the will writer used a generic term i.e. children rather than naming the individual beneficiaries. We have also seen examples where beneficiaries cannot be indentified as they are members of a class, for example, grandchildren whenever born, which would prevent distribution of the estate until no further grandchildren could possibly be born. Often tying up the estate for many years.

  • In some instances I have just pop in there at their office and I have been seen in 15 minutes. it's faster than the GP.
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  • Supreme Court Judgment sees Charities triumph in Will dispute

    New Supreme Court Judgment sees Charities triumph over the deceased’s daughter in a dispute over Will

  • How do I know if a Will is valid?

    After the death of a family member or loved one, it is very difficult to think about what will happen to their assets and whether they left a Will. It is even more difficult when you are provided with a Will that you were not aware of or feel unsure about and you may need advice about this.

  • Case law: Power of Attorney can contain complex conditions and still take effect

    Individuals making a Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can require complex conditions to be satisfied before it takes effect, but these should be drafted very carefully for the LPA to be effective.

  • Case law: Document varying Will to reduce inheritance tax was ineffective without special clause

    Beneficiaries trying to save inheritance tax by varying a Will must ensure the deed of variation contains a special clause, or it will be ineffective to save tax.

  • New law: ISA savers reviewing wills so surviving spouses and civil partners can benefit from new ISA inheritance laws

    Savers with ISAs should consider making wills, or revising existing wills, to see if surviving spouses or civil partners could benefit from new ISA inheritance laws when they die.

  • New rules: The hazards of not making a Will

    Having no Will can lead to arguments and upset amongst your loved ones, friends and any business partners after you die, just when they are trying to cope with their bereavement. We set out some of the problems that could arise.

  • Fee reduction beneficial to those registering a lasting power of attorneyFee reduction beneficial to those registering a lasting power of attorney

    Ashley Marshall, Wills and Probate solicitor at Marsden Rawsthorn urges people to consider making a lasting power of attorney (LPA) following the government’s decision to reduce the cost to register by approximately 15%.

    The fee to register an LPA was previously £130. This has now been reduced to £110 due to changes in the management of the schemes, including the introduction of new technology and improved efficiency, according to the Ministry of Justice.

  • Marsden Rawsthorn warns of DIY WillsMarsden Rawsthorn warns of DIY Wills

    Preston and Chorley-based solicitors, Marsden Rawsthorn, warns people about the dangers of DIY Wills, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) looks to bring Will-writing under legal services regulation. The firm is urging individuals to seek professional advice when preparing a Will, in order to meet legal requirements and avoid financial pitfalls.

  • Where there's a WillWhere there's a Will

    "People must be able to write a Will with confidence, not fear," according to a report from the Legal Services Board which calls for Will writers to be regulated to improve standards. A Will is a document in which a person declares their intention as to what should happen to their estate after their death. The Chairman of the Legal Services Board, David Edmonds, said "Making a Will is something everyone should do. It is one of the most important actions that individuals can undertake."

    Under current legislation Will writing services can be offered by anyone, even if they have no experience. Research has shown that there are significant numbers of people who receive poor service and poor outcomes from their advisors. Sadly for many, by the time a mistake is realised it may be too late to do anything about it. Under plans unveiled by the LSB Will writing will become a 'reserved activity', meaning that those who provide Will writing and estate administration must be regulated by one of eight approved regulatory bodies.

  • Beware of unregulated Will Writers!Beware of unregulated Will Writers!

    We welcomed the airing of BBC's Panorama "Wills: The Big Rip Off" on the 9th August 2010, which exposed some of the problems with Will Writers. Marsden Rawsthorn have for some time been warning about the dangers of using unregulated and unqualified Will Writers to prepare your will, and worst still execute probate.

    One the attractions of Will Writers is initially the cost seems very attractive. Often, as we saw in Panorama, initial fees quoted are low, in the example yesterday £60. However, once the salesperson visits, this is soon inflated as the Will Writers charge based on the number of clauses that are added, often these are unnecessary and can cause further problems if not they are not written correctly. Some examples we had dealt with include an instance where the client wished to exclude a family member from their will and the will writer used a generic term i.e. children rather than naming the individual beneficiaries. We have also seen examples where beneficiaries cannot be indentified as they are members of a class, for example, grandchildren whenever born, which would prevent distribution of the estate until no further grandchildren could possibly be born. Often tying up the estate for many years.

  • Macmillan Coffee Morning Success

    Our Chorley office team members have raised £112.68 so far today for Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Employee of the month - Louise Wilson

    Louise Wilson from our Commercial Dept was awarded employee of the month for:

    "always going over and beyond what is asked of her and all tasks carried out with care, diligence and accuracy”

  • Macmillan Coffee Morning

    We are holding a coffee morning at our Preston and Chorley offices on Friday 28th September 2018 10.30am to 11.30am - please feel free to call in for coffee & cake.  All proceeds from the cake sale will go to this worthy cause.

  • Special Delivery for Family Team

    Our Family Team received this special delivery from a client today to show her appreciation for an excellent result.

  • In some instances I have just pop in there at their office and I have been seen in 15 minutes. it's faster than the GP.