James Mackenzie

James Mackenzie is a Private Client Solicitor specialising in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Estate Administration and related tax advice, especially inheritance tax.

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Monday, 03 November 2014 19:27

The majority of Britons have not written a will according to research out today from the Law Society.

The representative body for solicitors has now warned that the consequences of dying without a valid will can be dire for those left behind.

The research revealed that 73 per cent of 16-54 year olds don't have a will, while 64 per cent of people over the age of 55 have made their final wishes clear in a will. The research also found that men are more likely to have a will and keep it updated than women. 

Source and the full article can be read at the Law Society

Monday, 03 November 2014 19:06

Probate records from 1996 to date can now be accessed online at www.gov.uk/search-will-probate. If the records relate to someone who died pre 1996 you will need to submit a search application form - http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/pa001s-eng.pdf.