Court Funds Office and Probate

The Court Funds Office is the Government Department that holds funds on behalf of someone, under a Deputyship. If a person dies and has had their affairs managed by the Court Funds Office (CFO ) then there is a specific procedure to be followed to release assets held. Firstly, the CFO will need to be…

Most Common Grounds to Contest a Will

With will disputes at a record high, we are frequently asked the question, how do you challenge a will ? in our experience the most common grounds are as follows :- making a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975, for reasonable financial provision alleging the will is invalid as the testator ( the person making…

Help Contesting a Will ?

If you have been left out of a will or cut out of a will, what do you do and who can provide you with help ? The short answer is that you immediately need to seek expert legal advice from a lawyer experienced in contesting wills. Knowing where to start is often difficult however…

Probate Deadlines

A frequently asked question is whether there is a deadline for applying for probate ? In summary the answer very much depends upon the value of the estate. If inheritance tax is payable by the estate, then the rules provide that a full inheritance tax return ( an IHT form 400 ) must be filed…

Missing beneficiaries what can executors do ?

The Executors legal duty is to distribute the estate according to the terms of the will. This sounds straightforward, but what happens if one of the beneficiaries is missing ? An executor must ensure that he or she undertakes all reasonable steps to finding a missing beneficiary, given this what are options ? Instruct a…