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May 23, 2017Care fees and the manifesto – our view

We explain how the Conservatives’ care fee proposals relate to the Care Fee Trust Wills that we offer & what action you need to take to protect your assets.

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May 22, 2017“My Dad rewrote his Will before he died”

If a parent or relative dies & it is discovered that they changed their Will before death it may be possible to challenge the Will. Here we look at some common grounds.

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Changed Will

What you can do about the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’

We look at the policies that the Conservatives promised, shelved and then scrapped – together with the new manifesto policies (dubbed ‘the Dementia Tax’) and what they will mean for you. We also look at what you can do to protect your assets.

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Theresa May and the Dementia Tax

May 16, 2017Two thirds of adults in the UK don’t have a Will

If you don’t make a Will, this can lead to disagreements and bitterness after your death, adding to the stress of your loved ones during a difficult time.

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Couple - lasting power of attorney

Q: If I remarry and I don’t make a new Will, what happens to my estate?

We answer the question: “What happens if I die, was previously married and had a Will but I am now remarried and have not written a new Will? I have children with both my previous partner and my current partner.”

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Large family

The strange case of the Doritos bag Will

A Court has dismissed a widow’s claim that a Will ‘found in a Doritos packet’ leaving her £550,000 was genuine.

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Doritos Will challenge

May 10, 2017Making a Will – what you need to know

If you’re considering making a Will to provide for loved ones there are a few things you MUST know before you start, such as why to avoid Mirror Wills.

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Making a Will can protect loved ones

May 3, 2017Should I give my home away to my child?

The practical & legal consequences of giving away your home & what you can do to legitimately protect your share of assets without ‘deliberate deprivation’.

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Gifting property to children

April 26, 2017Planned rise in probate fees shelved

The controversial plans to raise the fees payable on making a grant of probate have been shelved, ahead of the general election. These may be revisited in the future.

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Probate fees hike

Another day, another Will challenge

We discuss why, despite a wave of Will challenges, it is still important to make a Will and keep it updated, and how you can avoid your own Will being challenged.

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Challenge a Will

April 25, 2017Could I challenge a Will?

We look at the increase in challenges to Wills, the grounds on which you might contest a Will and how you would go about funding your claim.

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Contesting a Will

It’s now cheaper to make a Lasting Power of Attorney

If you’ve not yet made a Lasting Power of Attorney, there’s good news – the fee for registration was reduced on 1st April from £110 to £82 and those entitled to a fee remission will pay just £41.

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Couple - lasting power of attorney

April 19, 2017Why you don’t need a training contract to qualify as a solicitor

Less than 1 in 3 law graduates will secure a training contract (the ‘period of recognised training’). Find out why you don’t one to qualify as a solicitor.

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Woman in law

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?

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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

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