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When no Will can be very expensive, especially for a Prince

The musician Prince died on the 21st of April 2016 and because no Will was found, Minnesota (USA) probate law determined Prince’s heirs. In 2017, the law firm that works for Comerica Bank and Trust, Fredrikson & Byron were appointed to handle the administration of Prince’s estate. Legal proceedings were then started because three of…
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Why a funeral plan is a smart financial decision

Funeral costs in the UK are rising every year. According to the 2017 SunLife Cost of Dying Report1 the average cost of a funeral in 2004 was £1,920, today it is £4,078. That’s an increase of 112% – well above inflation. This is the average cost of organising a funeral directly with a funeral director.…
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When a loved one dies: the next few days for the next of kin

It goes without saying that your relative’s death is an emotional and stressful time. It is unfortunate therefore that such an event brings with it certain responsibilities for those left behind. Next of kin have several legal and practical obligations in the immediate aftermath. This blog seeks to outline some of the most pressing. We…
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A Power of Attorney to represent relatives with the Health Service

The recent sad revelations from Gosport illustrate the problems that relatives can have when the Health Service fails the elderly. In situations where the patient is unable to fully represent themselves, one useful document which may have helped some relatives when they disagree with a course of treatment, is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)…
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