Intestacy

Many people die ‘intestate” i.e. they do not have Wills. The effect of being intestate is that, effectively, Parliament makes a Will for you (whether you like it or not!). From 1st October 2014, the surviving married partner or civil partner will take all of the first...

Will Aid

Tassells took part in Will Aid in November 2015. Solicitors taking part in Will Aid provide the Will and advice for free, their clients paying a donation to charity in place of the normal charge. Will Aid distributes the donations between the charities involved, which...

The importance of a will and keeping it up to date

Statistics show that two-thirds of adults in England and Wales pass away each year without having made a valid Will. Some people do not make one, others don’t realise that some events in their life can revoke a Will they have already made. If an individual dies...

YOUR SECRET TRUST IS NO SECRET ANYMORE (OR IS IT?)

Once a will is admitted to probate it is a public document, so sometimes a testator will resort to a secret trust. Secret trusts are back in the news, or at least the legal news, because of a court case involving the estate of the artist Lucien Freud.   Freud made a...

DON’T SIGN SOMEONE ELSE’S WILL

An unusual and quite important case has been decided by the Supreme Court, which we used to call the House of Lords. Mr and Mrs Rawlings had unofficially adopted a man called Terry as their son, and they each made Wills leaving most of their Estate to him....