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litigation solicitor Simon Steele-Williams

Forgery of wills is rare but families should always remain vigilant, warn solicitors at Coles Miller after a recent court case.

The case in Worcester - in which a woman and her ex-husband received suspended prison sentences for forging her dying partner’s will - highlights the importance of being wary.

wills and probate solicitor Anthony WeberCash-strapped pensioners are being forced to borrow more to make ends meet ­ despite owning their own homes, warn Dorset solicitors Coles Miller.

New research reveals that unsecured debt among homeowners aged 65+ has leapt by 16 per cent in just 12 months.

wills and power of attorney solicitor Stuart Bradford

Coles Miller Partner Stuart Bradford has become a trustee at Forest Holme Hospice Charity in Poole.

He is assisting the Poole charity with his expert specialist knowledge of wills and probate, Inheritance Tax, trusts, powers of attorney and the Court of Protection.

conveyancing solicitor Chantal Chilvers

wills solicitor Ricky LangloisExpert property solicitor Chantal Chilvers has joined the residential conveyancing team at leading local law firm Coles Miller.

Coles Miller is also celebrating after Ricky Langlois became the latest of the firm’s trainees to qualify as a solicitor.

litigation solicitor Simon Steele-Williams

People making wills can no longer assume they will go unchallenged ­ they must take the proper steps in advance to defend them, warn litigation solicitors.

Contested wills are on the increase partly because of the rise in divorce, remarriage and cohabitation.

power of attorney solicitor Stuart Bradford

Wills and probate solicitors at Coles Miller are warning people not to forget their digital assets when considering their bequests and other final wishes.

Internet bank and savings accounts, bitcoins, betting accounts, social media profiles ­ all these online assets and intellectual property could all be lost if the owners die without passing on the details.

Bournemouth wills solicitor Stuart Bradford

Families should use the New Year as the perfect opportunity to make or review their wills, say solicitors Coles Miller.

Continually putting off this vital task benefits no-one but the Government which stands to gain the assets of those who die without beneficiaries.

power of attorney solicitor Stuart BradfordGrowing numbers of people risk their wishes regarding life-saving treatment being ignored because their financial Lasting Power Of Attorney does not cover their health, warn Coles Miller Solicitors.

Lasting Power Of Attorney (LPA) enables people to delegate important decisions to their loved ones or trusted advisers when they may not be able to make those decisions themselves.

wills and probate solicitor Anthony WeberLaw firm Coles Miller is holding a wills seminar next month to help families plan their future amid changing legislation.

Coles Miller Solicitors’ Wills & Probate seminar will be held on Wednesday October 16 at The Lighthouse, Poole.

Simon Steele-WilliamsA recent High Court judgment has reinforced the importance of applying the ‘golden rule’ in drawing up a will, warn Dorset probate solicitors Coles Miller.

For a will to be valid, the person making it must have sufficient mental capacity to understand the process and its consequences.

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