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Do you remember the 2019 case of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? It made the news for several weeks as the family dispute about who should inherit the estate played out in Court. Sadly, when Mr and Mrs Scarle died, their bodies remained undiscovered for several days. The administration of their estate depended on knowing who had died first, but this wasn’t obvious. There is a legal presumption that the older spouse has died first, and it is applied in rare cases like this one. Find out what happened…read more
Families – can’t live with them, can’t live without them!?
The season of goodwill isn’t guaranteed to bring happiness and joy for everyone.
Some are enduring a first, or another, Christmas without a loved one.
Others are spending Christmas with family they don’t see often.
We were struck by this article in a recent edition of the Daily Mail Online. It addresses the concerns of an lady who has discovered that her Grandmother is to move to a care home. She understood that she and her sibling would inherit a third of the house…read more
Following the death of a loved one, especially someone close, the practicalities can seem endless and the list of things to do/sort/organise can become overwhelming in terms of administration…read more
Recent surveys found that two-thirds of people under 50 who earn £50k or more per year do not have a Will. Some say they are too young, they don’t have time to write one, or they don’t have enough assets to merit writing one. We think these aren’t great reasons…read more
Who'll manage my money?Do you have someone you trust to keep your finances in order if you become seriously ill or lose capacity? Everyone's heard the scare stories of elderly or vulnerable people being targeted by unscrupulous 'good samaritans' who clear out their...read more
What is your digital legacy? Most of us leave digital footprints daily! We Tweet opinions, Facebook our friends and Instagram our delicious meals and sunshine filled holidays, whilst LinkedIn showcases careers and contacts. What happens to these accounts when we die?...read more
A prepaid funeral plan provider has teamed up with the NHS organ donor register to encourage people to think about organ donation whilst they are making their funeral arrangements. It is hoped that this pilot scheme will encourage more people to join the register this year.read more
People make Advance Decisions because they are worried their wishes may not be known should they require life-saving or life-prolonging treatment. We recommend that you seek help with putting your Advance Decision in place because the issues at stake can be quite complex.read more
It’s important to ensure your Will has been checked recently, especially if some time has passed since it was written.
All manner of things change in people’s lives which, unless we stop to think, may go unnoticed in terms of their impact on our estate planning.
When we die, we’re not there to foot the bill, so why should we worry? It can be tricky – or impossible – for loved ones to come up with a significant sum of money at the time of a death. Even more so if the event is unexpected. Prepaid funeral plans enable us to cover these costs in advance.read more
We are delighted to have opened our Oxford office at 10 Windmill Road, Headington. Pop in to see us, or call 01865 688309 to make an appointment. We look forward to servicing the Wills and Probate needs of the local community!read more