Valuing an estate for probate


After someone dies, everything in their estate needs to be valued. We take a look at why and how this is done. For most people, their estate will need to be wound up by either an executor or, if they have not left a Will, an administrator. Part of this person’s job is to value […]

Conscious uncoupling: ending a marriage without acrimony


As divorce law is set to be reformed to remove blame, we look at a modern way for couples to separate. The term conscious uncoupling refers to the ending of a relationship in a positive way. Instead of acrimony, the intention is that both parties will go on to better and happier futures separately, but […]

What happens when a homeowner with a mortgage dies


When someone who has a mortgage dies, it is important to notify the lender as soon as possible. If the property has been left to you in a Will, you should ask them about the options for taking on some or all of the mortgage if it cannot be repaid. After a death, notifications need […]

The best property locations for avoiding the risk of flooding


Flooding can bring devastation to affected homes and areas. Buying in an area of high ground might be the answer. The Environment Agency estimates that over five million homes in England are at a higher than average risk of flooding, with flooding now a more common occurrence than burglary. The Agency also says that intense […]

The charities that are receiving the most from gifts left in Wills


Leaving a gift to charity in your Will can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax payable by your estate, as well as benefit your favourite good cause. In 2018, £3 billion was left to over 10,000 different charities in Wills. Smaller charities are increasingly popular, possibly following some high profile failures by bigger organisations. An […]

Selling an investment property


When you sell an investment property, it can be more complicated than selling your home, particularly if you have tenants in the property or if it means that you will be liable for Capital Gains Tax. If your property is tenanted, the first thing you need to do is to decide whether to sell with […]

Entering into a pre-nuptial agreement


With lawyers reporting a rise in couples wanting to sign a prenuptial agreement, we look at what this entails and when it might be suitable. A prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a ‘prenup’) is entered into by those intending to get married and sets out what will happen to their assets and debts in […]

Making a Will even when you don’t own your own home


If you don’t own a property, it is easy to assume that you don’t need a Will. In fact there are several good reasons why you should still make one. Leaving a Will can be of great comfort to loved ones, as you can set out your wishes with regard to what you would like […]

Which day of the week is most popular for a house move?


Home moving website, Compare My Move, has produced some data revealing the most and least popular days of the week to move house, as well as the cheapest and most expensive. The site looked at 95,000 UK movers who used their services in 2019 to put together a picture of the current trends. They found […]

Will and probate considerations for same sex couples


A large proportion of same sex couples are neither married nor in a civil partnership, which can have implications when it comes to inheritance matters. While the law treats everyone the same when it comes to Wills and probate, there are several considerations to take into account if you are in a relationship but are […]