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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has confirmed that the promised £72,500 cap on social care costs will not be introduced. We look at what you can do.
What you NEED to know before writing a Will and why Wills made using a cheap £19.99 Wills service or DIY service puts your assets at risk.
C4’s Dispatches programme demonstrated that Asset Protection Trusts are bad news – we look at the viable alternative which protects your home from care fees
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 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.
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.
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.
An online appointment booking system will allow existing & prospective clients of law firm April King to choose appointments at their convenience.
Carlton Town Football Club have announced that the Loughborough Dynamo clash on Saturday is to held in honour and memory of Paul Shelton.
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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