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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844900339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844900336
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A superb guide to making a will and administering an estate.' --Daily Express (for a previous edition) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Paul Elmhirst is a practising solicitor with many years'
experience in the area of wills and probate. He has also written for other
publications on the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2010
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I can't fault which books as I have been reading them for years.

In these days of everyone can do everyrone else's job this book is a good introduction to the subject.

The theory is that anyone can do it but you have to be someone who doesn't mind reading and filling in forms which does not cover a large poportion of the population

Anyone of average intelligence can obtain probate but I would hesitate to suggest people do their own wills as the problems only arrive after you have been and gone. It is then too late to rectify.

A good clear book. I deal with wills and probate very day and I hear plenty of misconceptions from the public. This book will clear a lot of them up.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gordon William on 13 Aug. 2010
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Although this new edition is very slick and quite interesting it fails in that it has omitted some of the former (1998 version) pro-forma letters of notification and appliication which were both simple and straight forward.

It is probably easier today to go direct to the HMRC website where all the currect information is provided and its forms are interactive.

On the whole I was disappointed with the 13th Edition. It seems less likely to appeal to those readers who are looking for assistance in undertaking the basic tasks involved, especially in the early days following a death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fraz on 21 Nov. 2010
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Book delivered quiclky

Most valuable information to explain what happens and who does what. Well worth the money

Do read the book through as some key issues on a particular topic are not always located at the same place in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Ford on 15 July 2010
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A really comprehensive yet easy to follow guide to the whole process. Would enable you to do everything yourself if you wished to, but even if you're getting a solicitor's help this book enables you to understand the whole process at every stage. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mpe on 24 Feb. 2013
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this book is very good and explains what to do in relation to making wills and a handy addition to have
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Wright on 20 Jan. 2013
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This book is clearly written and would be of help to anyone administering an estate. I am finding it of great value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Riches TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2012
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Reading this in the light of the death of a relative recently I can tell you that it is an easy book to understand and very useful. Although my brother and I were joint executors, he had the brunt of it as he was the main one while I was backup, and we would both have found this book useful if we'd had it at the time.
As to Wills, this important topic is well-covered and the advice is good - there really are reasons why do-it-yourself is often a mistake, but there is excellent advice on how to prepare what are your wishes in advance of hiring a professional for the serious nuts and bolts. Nicely put together. Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Contributor77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2012
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Don't think that by any means of the imagination this book will be a one stop shop for figuring out all about what you need to know as it won't... Another reviewer has stated and is correct about the HMRC website being more up to date.

This book will however give you some idea of things you might never have known without trawling the web to find them, if you want to get started on knowing about wills and probate then its certainly a good starting point - all I want to stress is that for a Which? guide it's not quite as good as I was hoping for and does lack a little here and there. Read it front to back and make notes of what you think you should go and investigate further is my recommendation, however definitely worth a small amount of your cash.
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