Bonniepurple wrote: »
Speaking as someone who is still trying to untangle my mother's Will after 14 months, be very, very careful about writing it yourself! My Mum did a basic Will, however what she wrote and what the law says are different. My Dad (non executor), myself and my Uncle (both executors) are trying to work out how best to vary the Will so that the spirit and law are kept.
Because of the issues, I'm using a solicitor. I'd rather pay more and get it right, than risk issues arising when my Dad dies.
One thing that I will add is that online passwords have been a nightmare. The death was totally unexpected (sudden death in epilepsy) and my Mum had numerous passwords jotted down on scraps of paper - often several for the same account. Thankfully I could access her emails on her phone and so got most of them reset - although with the laptop I did wonder if I should apply to GCHQ with my ability to hack into stuff!
ChucknJoany wrote: »
Meanwhile the dollar dropped from $1.79 in the pound to $1.39 over the six years. The Law Society weren't interested in my complaint..
kingbing wrote: »
It's worth noting that the Government are about to introduce a massive hike in probate fees for most estates.
The current fees are £155 or £215.
Under the new scheme, estates under £50,000 will pay nothing but above that the fees will go up to £20,000! What happens if your wife or husband dies but your only asset is your house? You may have to sell your own home to pay the fees....
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