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Welcome to April King's blog - here, we'll keep you updated with the latest legal news and developments that affect you. Our blog gives you jargon-free, accessible legal advice on a wide range of topics.

November 17, 2017How to Avoid the Dementia Tax

Many people are still unaware that if they need care in later life, their assets will be means-tested by the local authority to help pay for these services. This goes back to the Community Care Act 1990, which came into force in 1993. If someone requires social care in later life, the local authority will […]

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Video wills

November 13, 2017Do I need a business LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney)?

If you own a business, what would happen if you lost mental capacity? Do you need a business LPA? This depends on a number of matters.

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Business LPA

Is your Letter of Wishes effective?

We look at what a letter of wishes is used for, important points to note & the question of how much weight the letter will have if your Will is challenged.

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Writing a letter of wishes

Do I need a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney?

We answer the question ‘Do I need a Will and LPA?’ by looking at the circumstances where you definitely would need to have a Will / LPA in place.

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Do I need a Will? Couple

November 6, 2017New AI booking system to be implemented

An online appointment booking system will allow existing & prospective clients of law firm April King to choose appointments at their convenience.

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Online booking system

Carlton Town – in honour of Shelts

Carlton Town Football Club have announced that the Loughborough Dynamo clash on Saturday is to held in honour and memory of Paul Shelton.

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Shelts Shirt - Carlton Town Football Club

Asset Protection Trusts – why you should steer clear

We look at so-called Asset Protection Trusts (also sometimes called Lifetime Trusts or Lifetime Asset Trusts) & why they could be the next big scandal.

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Considering Asset Protection Trusts

October 30, 2017Compulsory mediation: April King speaks to the Law Society Gazette

We look at who mediation is suitable for, how it helps parties stay in control of the outcome & common misconceptions as to who pays legal costs.

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Mediation - legal dispute

October 23, 2017The case of the unsent text message Will

We look at a recent Australian case of an unsent draft text message that was held to be a Will & compare it to current & future English law on valid Wills.

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Text message and informal Wills

October 9, 2017Councils actively pursuing deprivation of assets cases

Councils are actively pursuing those who have deliberately deprived themselves of assets in an attempt to avoid paying their own bill for care.

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House assets

September 26, 2017What happens to inheritance on divorce?

We look at how the courts treat inheritance on divorce, other threats to your child’s inheritance & how you can protect your child’s inheritance.

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Inherited assets - divorce

September 18, 2017A better way to resolve your disputes

Many misunderstand what mediation is about, believing it to mean that they have to give up control over the outcome of their case or compromise on their position. 

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September 4, 2017Jamie takes on the Great North Run

Our Business Analyst Jamie Tewson is taking part in this year’s Great North Run to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

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Jamie - Great North Run

August 21, 2017Paul King speaks to the Financial Times about Lasting Powers of Attorney

Paul King TEP spoke to the Financial Times about former Judge Denzil Lush’s comments regarding the risks of making a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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Paul King - Financial Times

Will we really be making Wills by text message?

Are the sensationalist headlines suggesting we may all be making Wills by text/WhatsApp in the near future true? We look at the Law Commission’s proposals.

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Wills by WhatsApp

August 7, 2017April King shortlisted for Law Society Excellence Awards 2017

The April King Legal team is delighted to have been shortlisted for one of the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2017.

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Shortlisted Law Society awards

Deputyship orders – how do they work?

Here, we look at the process of making an application for a Deputyship Order and we answer some of the most common questions that our clients have.

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Deputyship order for elderly person

July 31, 2017The history behind our legal jargon

April King’s intern Grace Beesley looks at some of the legal jargon in relation property that we have acquired over the years, and where it comes from.

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Landlord and tenant law

June 26, 2017The Dementia Tax – how to leave your children DOUBLE the proposed Care Fee cap

With all the uncertainty surrounding care fees and the dementia tax, Paul King explains why you need to protect your assets NOW before it’s too late.

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May 31, 2017Gifts with reservation of benefit: an overview

We look at the consequences of gifting with a reservation of benefit for inheritance tax, income tax (POAT), capital gains tax and liability for care fees.

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Gifts with reservation of benefit

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