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5 Steps on What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away

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When a loved one passes away the last thing that will be on your mind is the prospect of having to deal with their financial affairs as well as the daunting task of having to ensure that their personal affairs are also dealt with swiftly. 

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DWP Claims on Estate

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Disputes over the division of estates post death are not uncommon. However, executors are now also facing another issue when it comes to the Department for Work and Pensions or DWP as they are most commonly referred to.

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Howlett Clarke Solicitors (also known as Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke) are Closing Their Practice

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No doubt the firm is in the middle of many probate cases. If you are an affected executor or administrator, please call us. We can offer you a free review of the current status of your probate and, if you agree, we can take on the case and complete the administration at an agreed fee.

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Digital Wills – What does the future hold?

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I checked the website of the Law Commission recently to see whether there was any news on when we could expect their recommendations following last year’s consultation process on the law of wills. It does not seem imminent. We know, however, that changes are on the way. Probate applications can now be made online and, inevitably, there will be changes in the law enabling wills to be made in accordance with the requirements of the digital world in which we now live.

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The Inexorable Move to Online Everything – including probate

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On 26th April 2018, Probaters received an email from the Probate Service of England and Wales informing us that the following day the rules were going to be changed to require applications to be made online.  As so little notice had been given the Probate Service have kindly advised us that until procedures are clearer, we can continue to use paper applications “so for the time being, therefore, there is no need to change any existing work that you have ongoing”.

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