PROBATE: Requires a Reputable Regulated Solicitor

PROBATE: Requires a Reputable Regulated Solicitor

A recent case has highlighted the need for a reputable solicitor to be instructed when preparing a will.

The client approached a well known high street bank and was charged £90 for its will writing service. This service is unregulated. The client passed away last year and left half of his property in his will to his daughter. However he jointly owned the property with his wife who was not his daughter’s mother. Due to this joint ownership the property passed in whole to his wife. For the will’s provisions and the client’s intentions to be met the joint tenancy would have had to have been severed by a notice of severance at the time of executing the will.

The daughter is now suing the bank for her share of the property’s value in the High Court.

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