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Shining a light on secret and half secret trusts

Silviya Maclean
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A secret trust can be a useful way of leaving a gift in your will if you do not wish the details of that gift to become public knowledge.  Historically, secret trusts were used by those wishing to pass assets to extra-marital partners or illegitimate...

The risks of DIY probate

Rebecca Tuffrey
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An increasing number of executors choose to deal with an estate themselves when a close relative dies, but is this really a wise move?  The reality is that probate is usually a complex process, even where the estate appears at first blush to be small...

Making a will after a second or subsequent marriage

Rebecca Tuffrey
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Without a valid will that says otherwise, your spouse may inherit most if not all of your assets on your death and any children you have from previous marriages could be left with little or nothing.  This is why more and more cases are being brought...