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Laura Fontaine

Administrator Ordered to Pay a £340k Tax Bill

Mr Glyne Harris acted as the Personal Representative on the £1.2m Estate of his late friend, Helena McDonald. Mr Harris decided to carry out the work himself instead of seeking legal advice, but he did not fully understand the Probate process or what his obligations were. Mr Harris completed the Inheritance Tax form and paid

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Inheritance Tax
Laura Fontaine

Hutchings v HMRC

This case is a strong reminder to anyone considering Do It Yourself probate. You are obliged to make the fullest inquiries possible about the estate. In particular about lifetime gifts made by the deceased before submitting the Inheritance Tax account. HMRC is taking a hardline approach to non-disclosure of lifetime gifts. Mostly because these gifts

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Wills
Wills & Trusts
Laura Fontaine

DIY Will horror story family torn apart

The risks associated with creating a homemade Will were made starkly apparent recently in a matter dealt with by Gaby Hardwicke. The executor under the Will was one of the deceased woman’s sons. He used his own solicitors, not Gaby Hardwicke, to obtain a grant of probate, and he then distributed the net proceeds of

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Probate
Probate
Laura Fontaine

Increase in Probate Cases

The increase the court service has received of around 500 extra probate applications per week in August than in the period before coronavirus, it revealed today as legal advisers are brought in to keep waiting times down. HM Courts & Tribunals Service received approximately 5,700 applications for grants of probate per week last month, according

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