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The importance of professional advice in drafting Wills has always been stressed by solicitors working in the field. However, there are instances when people are attracted by the perceived convenience, and often 'cheap deal', of Will writing services offered by organisations. Unfortunately, these Wills have the potential to lead to unnecessary stress, heartache and expense. A recent example of this concerned the estate of Mr Ebenezer Aregbesola (reported here) and the resulting lawsuit against Barclays Bank for their drafting of a Will.

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According to experts, thousands of families will need to review their will to ensure that their loved ones will benefit from the new inheritance tax allowance introduced by the Government.

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Posted by on in Contesting Wills

While it may come as no surprise that nine out of ten between the age of 20-29 years old do not have a will in place, worryingly almost two-thirds of those aged between 40 and 49 also did not have a will.

60% of those aged between 50-59 did not have a will in place meaning that a significant amount of people in the UK run the risk of dying intestate, meaning that their will shall be divided according to state rules.

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The children of the late Oscar-winning actor, Robin Williams, have settled their dispute over the estate and some of the heirlooms left in his will following his death last year.

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There have been a number of high-profile legal battles involving wills of late with a landmark case granting more than £164,000 to the daughter of a woman who had left her out of her will.

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