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It is a difficult time for anyone when a loved one passes, but this can be further compounded when a person feels that they have been ‘left out’ of any will and will not inherit.

One way in which a person can look to remedy this situation is to make a claim pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 to seek ‘reasonable financial provision’ from the estate of the deceased.

There are many categories of people of people who are able to bring a claim under this Act but one of the most contentious categories is a child of the deceased, particularly when that child is aged 18 or over. This is also known as the peculiarly named ‘adult child’ claimant. More...

When a person dies without a will, this is known as ‘dying intestate’. In some instances, sorting out who inherits their estate is simple enough and it will pass on to the next of kin under certain criteria, known as ‘intestacy rules’.

However, for others without any known immediate family, administration is more complicated. In this case, the estate may pass to the Crown. HM Treasury would be responsible for administration in these cases. More...

As of November 2nd 2020, probate applications submitted by solicitors must now be made online. What does this mean for our team, and will this online probate application system affect you? More...

Considering your will and your funeral often go hand in hand, is it a good idea to include a funeral wishes clause in your will?

There are a number of things to consider when it comes to planning and communicating your burial wishes. More...

It would be a hard push to find anyone in the UK not affected, either directly or indirectly, by Covid 19.

There have been far reaching changes in our personal interactions (social distancing, cleaning of shared spaces, wearing of masks, etc.) and also in our interactions with businesses, for example the increase in online payments.

To navigate these changes, there have been instances of individual and community action. Whether it’s Capt. Sir Tom Moore or the local grocer setting up a vulnerable person’s delivery group, there have been many instances of help with the impact of Covid 19.

Many people are keen to help, but this may lead to unintended consequences as can be seen in the Bakery Manager case.

This came about through the rise in a cashless society and an increase in the contactless payment world. This has only been increased by the reluctance to handle cash in the current health climate. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com