Legal Health Check

Rebecca Tribble Wills Trusts Probate WSP Solicitors

Put your affairs in order this Winter with a Legal Health Check The New Year is upon us and now is a good time to think about those jobs you may have been putting off. We have put together a legal health check to consider to ensure that you and your family are protected now […]

What happens to my Bitcoins when I die?

Carole Haestier Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitor Stroud

In this digital age, more and more people are purchasing digital assets which often includes virtual currencies like Bitcoin. It is no surprise then that the question, ‘what happens to my Bitcoins when I die?’ arises more and more often. So, how do you go about leaving your digital assets in your Will? How do […]

Dealing with Probate and Estate Administration

Niamh McAlonan, Wills, Trusts and Probate Director at WSP Solicitors Stroud

The implications of taking sole responsibility in dealing with Probate When you suffer bereavement, it can be difficult to know where to start. Dealing with probate; the legal aspects and formalities involved, at an emotionally fraught time, can be extremely tough. For those dealing with the estate administration (either executors appointed under a Will, or […]

Probate- DIY SOS

Carole Haestier Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitor Stroud

Is DIY Probate a good idea? It’s common for Executors to take away a professionally drafted will with a view to obtaining probate themselves. This is known as DIY probate and done in an effort to save legal costs, sometimes without checking the terms of the will. For example a will may contain a will […]

Helping to care for family members

WSP Solicitors - Stroud Dursley Gloucester

“The Impossible Argument” The Court of Protection Team have been following the case of Tinsley v Manchester City Council.  The case was heard in the Court of Appeal on 10th October and judgment was handed down last week. Unanimously the Judges confirmed that local authorities cannot take into account a personal injury award when determining […]

Digital Wills

Ashley Wallace-Cook, Wills, Trusts and Probate Director at WSP Solicitors Gloucester

“Keep all that I have” A judge in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Australia has ruled that an unsent text message found on a deceased man’s mobile phone was a valid digital will. The deceased man, who took his own life, had broken up with his wife for the third time just days before his […]

A Lasting Power of Attorney- make sure its your choice

Kirstie Carr Wills Trusts Probate Associate Solicitor Dursley

Lasting Powers of Attorney You may have come across recent comments by the retired Court of Protection Judge, Denzil Lush, regarding Lasting Powers of Attorney, the potential risks of abuse by those appointed in a Lasting Power of Attorney and his preference for individuals instead to use the Court of Protection process of appointing someone […]

Warning against digital Lasting Powers of Attorney

WSP Solicitors - Stroud Dursley Gloucester

Digital Lasting Powers of Attorney could leave vulnerable clients at risk Solicitors for the Elderly warn against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital.   An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about their finances and property on their behalf. Under […]

Can I get Probate myself?

WSP Solicitors - Stroud Dursley Gloucester

DIY Probate In times of austerity we understand that families will look to save costs. Representatives of a deceased person appear more willing than ever to attempt an application for probate on a “do it yourself” basis without seeing a lawyer or taking legal advice. Whilst this is possible it does carry risk.   At […]

Why is it important to make a Will?

Matthew Penley Wills Trusts Probate Solicitor in Dursley

Reasons why you should make a Will today There are a number of good reasons to make a Will. Firstly, anyone who owns a property or has savings and investments should seriously consider it. A Will allows you to decide how your estate is to be distributed and avoids assets being subject to the Statutory […]