Could the ability to witness Wills via video have a negative impact on IHT planning?

From September any Will made after the 31st January 2020 and witnessed via video will be legally enforceable.  While the need to introduce video witnessing as a last resort has been a necessary response to the current social distancing restrictions, there is a growing fear the change could have a dramatic longer term impact on some families’ inheritance planning. Inheritance … Read More

A brand new online service brings Lasting Power of Attorney right up to date

On the 17th July the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) unveiled their new digital ‘Use a lasting power of attorney’ tool.  It is designed to make it easier for the family members and friends who have been given Lasting Power of Attorney to increase the speed at which they can make vital decisions relating to property, care arrangements and finances … Read More

How has COVID affected the probate process?

At the moment there is a lot of talk in the media about just how long it is taking to process a probate claim. While COVID-19 has obviously played a part in the slowdown, the delays arguably started before the pandemic. In 2019 there was a huge rise in the number of probate applications as people sought to beat the … Read More