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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

December 12, 2017£72,500 ‘social care cap’ to be scrapped

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.

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November 27, 2017Writing a Will – why a £19.99 Will could cost your loved ones dearly

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.

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Cheap Will

The Dementia Tax: why couples aren’t doing enough

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

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Dementia tax

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.

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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 lasting power of attorney

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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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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Will and lasting power of attorney

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 for appointments

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

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