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March 28, 2017Why does the tax year start on April 6th?

With the new tax year just around the corner, have you ever wondered why our tax year runs from 6th April to 5th April each year? You might think it would be more logical for the year to run from 1st January to 31st December – as it does in Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Greece, […]

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Happy new year

Triple finance blow for those grieving

Changes to Bereavement Payments, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Allowance are the latest in a number of measures that target those already struggling to cope with both their grief and the financial impact of losing their partner.

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Grieving parents will lose allowances

March 27, 2017RNRB: New inheritance tax allowance from 6th April 2017

On the face of it, the new RNRB allowance looks positive but a little thought is required to ensure that in using the allowance, you do not inadvertently expose your assets to risk.

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Residence nil rate band

March 15, 2017Supreme Court delivers judgement in Ilott v The Blue Cross case (re: Ilott v Mitson)

The Supreme Court today handed down its long anticipated judgement in relation to the case of Ilott v Blue Cross, concerning the Inheritance Act 1975.

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Ilott Mitson - Supreme Court

March 13, 2017Father who was denied access to children awarded £15k

A father who was falsely accused of abusing his children and prevented from seeing them for two years has been awarded £15,000 in damages.

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Father and child

March 7, 2017Duty of attorneys and deputies to consider the Will

When making financial decisions for a someone as their attorney or deputy, you need to consider the succession plans of the person you are acting for.

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Attorney and Deputy duties

Divorce over 50 – a whole new ballgame

The legal issues that affect a couple separating or divorcing in later life are different from those that affect younger people & advice from an experienced lawyer is crucial.

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Over 50s divorce

March 5, 2017Probate fee hike to go ahead

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the Government’s plans to increase non-contentious probate fees from May 2017 will go ahead.

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Worried lady - probate fees

February 27, 2017Perfect pancakes for Pancake Day

Find out how to make the perfect foolproof pancake for Pancake Day – & follow our lawyers’ simple tips to ensure you don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

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February 13, 2017Nottingham online divorce pilot scheme

Nottingham is hosting an online divorce pilot scheme as part of Government plans to modernise the Justice system, allowing completion of form D8 online.

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Online divorce

February 9, 2017Avoiding care fees: NHS Continuing Healthcare/NHS Continuing Care

If you or a relative close to you suffers from a disability or a complex medical problem, you may be entitled to get the full cost of your care funded by the NHS – regardless of your assets.

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Avoiding care fees

February 1, 2017How to show you really care this Valentine’s day

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s day will soon be upon us. Show your partner you care in a way that doesn’t involve anything red, tacky or cliché.

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Valentine's Day

January 30, 2017Deprivation of assets – a guide

Our article on deprivation of assets looks how you can legitimately protect your assets from care fees without it being regarded as ‘deprivation of assets’. We also discuss the ‘7 year deprivation rule’ myth, and offer a risk-free alternative.

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January 16, 2017The importance of using clear language in your Will

A recent case (Royal Society v Robinson) has demonstrated the importance of using clear and unambiguous language when drafting a Will.

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Last Will and Testament

January 3, 2017End of the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme

The Government’s Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme has now ended and we look at what other help is available when buying a new home.

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Conveyancing - house buying

December 20, 2016Parents taking drastic measures to protect their children’s inheritance

Couples are using legal documents to indicate that they would rather die than see their children’s inheritance dwindle away on care home fees.

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Couples protecting children's inheritance

December 19, 2016How to protect your children’s inheritance

Many couples make ‘Mirror Wills’ leaving everything to the other & then to the children. However, most don’t realise the children might not inherit at all.

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Family with children

December 12, 2016Ilott case to be heard by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the Ilot case today. The case concerns the estate of the late Melita Jackson who died in 2004 leaving the majority of her £486,000 estate to three charities, making no provision for her only child Heather Ilott.

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UK Supreme Court

December 5, 2016Caroline Aherne’s £504k estate goes to Mother

Caroline Aherne, star of the Royle Family & Mrs Merton, died without a Will & therefore left her entire £504,060 estate to her mother under intestacy laws.

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November 22, 2016When DIY Wills go wrong

If you want to make a DIY Will, always seek legal advice first. Here, we look at some of the complications and what happens when things go wrong.

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DIY Wills

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