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When should you use a Probate Solicitor?

Deciding whether you need a probate solicitor largely depends on your individual circumstances. For example, if the deceased person had a small amount of money and owned little else, the process is much simpler, and you may be able to administer the estate yourself. If, however, the deceased person owned a property in their sole […]

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Henrietta Brett celebrates full STEP membership

We’re delighted to announce that Wills and Probate Solicitor, Henrietta Brett, has become a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Using your legacy to support others – leaving charitable donations in your Will

Remembering to leave a charitable donation in your Will is a wonderful legacy. As part of “Remember a Charity awareness week”, we’re sharing our advice for how you can show your charitable support via your Will.

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New National Death Notification Service to ease burden on grieving families

Last month, a new Death Notification Service was launched; providing grieving families with a straightforward way to notify participating banks and building societies of the death of a family member, friend or care home resident.

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Dying Matters – come along to our drop in session for friendly advice

As part of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th May – 20th May) we will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions at our offices in Bury St Edmunds – providing local people with private, welcoming environment in which to openly discuss death and their plans for the future. 

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Thinking about the unthinkable: appointing guardians of your children

One of the most important reasons to make a Will if you have children is so that you can name a legal guardian or guardians. Having a say over who will look after your children if you die means that you feel more at ease about their future care and welfare.

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Too young to make a Will? Think again!

When talking to people about preparing a Will, people often say “I don’t intend to die any time soon” or “I don’t have any assets”. No one knows what is around the corner so don’t put off making a wise decision today because you would rather spend the money on something which will not help your family in the long run.

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Dying ‘intestate’ – what happens when you die without a Will?

When a person dies without making a Will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’. When this happens, there are rules for deciding who will inherit the estate, stipulated by law.

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What will happen to your dog when you die?

When making a Will, many of our clients ask us what will happen to their family pet when they die.

Like all responsible dog owners they know that they need to make sure their canine friend will be properly looked after once they are gone,  but often they are not sure how.

To help, we wanted to share details of a scheme we support here at Burnett Barker Solicitors, which gives you peace of mind when it comes to your four legged friend….

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Advice on ‘Living Wills’ following NHS law suit

The unfortunate case of Brenda Grant, aged 81, who was kept alive for almost two years against her wishes after her hospital misplaced her Living Will, has highlighted the importance of ensuring family members and doctors are fully informed of your wishes.

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