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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.

July 17, 2018We don’t talk any more

Paul King explains: estranged children are more common than you think. He examines the issue of writing your Will when you have an estranged child and whether you should disinherit one of your children.

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Estranged children - Wills

Know your boundaries: how to deal with a neighbour encroaching on your land

Jonathan Maskew explains a problem which he has a vast experience in – the issue of boundary disputes with their neighbours.

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Jonathan Maskew

July 13, 201864% of millennials expect to inherit – but could be disappointed

A new survey has revealed that 64% of millennials are expecting to inherit assets from their parents, with an average expected inheritance of £233,000. If the figures are representative of the UK population, just over 11 million people will be hoping for a windfall on their parents’ death. Sadly, many may be in for a shock.

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millennials inheritance concerns

July 2, 2018April King shortlisted for Diversity and Inclusion Award

April King Legal is very proud to have been shortlisted for the Diversity and Inclusion Award 2018 in the CILEX National Awards 2018.

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April King Award

June 4, 2018I’ve got an Enduring Power of Attorney – do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

We look at the difference between Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney, and the circumstances in which you need each type of document. We also look at why the newer finance LPAs are a benefit and how making one can avoid stress and expense down the line. Finally we consider why everyone needs a health and care LPA.

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Lasting Power of Attorney vs Enduring Power of Attorney

May 29, 2018Chartered Legal Executive or Solicitor – which career path is for me?

Whether you’re thinking about a career in law or you’ve already started your legal qualifications, you might be wondering which route to becoming a lawyer is the best.

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Law students

May 24, 2018Dementia Action Week 2018: act now

21st to 27th of May is Dementia Action Week – an event organised by the Alzheimer’s Society in support of dementia sufferers, their families and carers. We look at the main messages behind the campaign and what you can do to show your support.

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Dementia Action Week

May 23, 2018Can I leave money to my pet in my Will?

We look at how you can provide for your pet in your Will, some important practical considerations, and the different options open to you in deciding who will care for your pet after you die.

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Dogs in wellingtons

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – what is it?

Unless you’ve been ignoring your inbox over the past few weeks, you’ve probably been inundated with requests to update your ‘privacy’ or ‘marketing’ preferences, in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from Friday 25th May 2018. The Regulation brings huge changes to how organisations handle your data, and your rights as a ‘data subject’. Here, we look at some of the changes that are likely to affect you.

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May 8, 2018Grandparents’ rights: a call for change

MPs are calling for the government to give grandparents rights to see their grandchildren after a divorce. They are proposing a change to the Children Act which would give children the right to maintain their relationship with members of their extended family. In addition to grandparents, the change would also facilitate contact between aunts and […]

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Grandparent and child

April 10, 2018Could you be entitled to a refund of stamp duty?

If you’ve paid too much stamp duty as a result of an incorrect calculation or lack of awareness that a particular relief is available, you might be able to claim a refund.

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Stamp duty

April 9, 2018Cohabitee entitled to share of Deceased partner’s £1.5m estate

In a recent decision, the High Court has ruled in favour of a woman who was left nothing from her late partner’s £1.5 million estate.

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House in countryside

March 12, 2018Deputyship Order v Lasting power of Attorney: which is best?

Is it better to make a Lasting Power of Attorney now; or leave those close to you to apply for a Deputyship Order in the future, should one be needed? We look at the advantages of using an LPA over leaving things to chance.

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LPA or Deputyship

March 7, 2018New law for Landlords: energy efficiency

From 1st April 2018, Landlords renting out properties in the private sector will need to achieve a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

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Energy efficiency

March 6, 2018Cohabiting couples: property in one name

What happens if a property is occupied by an unmarried cohabiting couple but the legal title is in one name only? This question often arises where both have contributed in the relationship but then split up.

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Arguing couple

High Court awards £1m in inheritance claim

In a recent decision regarding an inheritance dispute, the High Court has awarded over £1 million to a daughter who spent her life working on the family farm in the expectation of one day inheriting it.

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Inheritance claims - dairy farm

February 20, 2018Do I need a guardianship clause in my Will?

If you have children under the age of 18, you may want to consider appointing a guardian for them in your Will in case you die before they reach the age of 18. This allows you to choose someone you approve of to take care of your children, giving you peace of mind.

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Guardian in Will

February 6, 2018Testamentary capacity: Banks v Goodfellow test still applies

In the recent case of James v James the Court confirmed that, when deciding whether a person has the necessary mental capacity to make a Will, the criteria set out in the old case of Banks v Goodfellow (1870) must still be applied, despite the fact that newer legislation has come into force dealing with the question of capacity.

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Making a Will

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Am I entitled to a refund?

Those who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in England and Wales between April 2013 and March 2017 can claim a partial refund of up to £54 together with 0.5% interest.

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LPA / EPA refund

December 18, 2017“Dad could not have known I would be disinherited”

A recent case study highlights the danger of making Mirror Wills which can result in your entire estate passing sideways out of the family to a stranger.

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Disinherited via Mirror Will

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