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Our Wills and Probate solicitors regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

 

Losing a loved one

Charlotte Harris
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When a loved one passes away, it is a very difficult and upsetting time for friends and family. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, but there are some things that have to be done as soon as possible.  Firstly, not many...

Gift giving as an attorney or deputy

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As a ttorney or deputy, it is likely you will want to make gifts on behalf of the person you act for on special occasions like birthdays, weddings and at Christmas when they lack the capacity to do so. But be aware, you have limited authority to make...

Dementia awareness week 2018 - 21st-27th May

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With the upcoming Dementia Action Week this month, now is a good time to consider putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney. It is estimated that there are currently 850,000 people living in the UK with dementia and 38% of people in the UK know a...

How can a recent change to Inheritance Tax save you thousands?

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This tax year has seen a change for Inheritance Tax. If a person dies after 6 April 2018 and their estate is above the usual Inheritance Tax nil rate band threshold of £325,000, their estate could be entitled to an additional nil rate band of...

Can you afford NOT to have your Will professionally drafted?

Adam Sym
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We appreciate that there are more interesting things to spend your money on and that there seems to be a lot of affordable ways of making a Will . Perhaps you’ve bought a make-your-own package from your local shop, or had a family member help you...

Are homemade Wills a recipe for disaster?

Nicola Mawson
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A Will is potentially the most important document you will ever sign. Not only is it your final instruction for what will happen with everything you own and hold dear to you but it also tells the world after you have departed something about who you were...

Office of the Public Guardian launches power of attorney refund scheme

Charlotte Harris
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If you applied to register a power of attorney in England or Wales between 1 st April 2013 and 31 st March 2017, then you may be eligible to receive a refund of part of your application fee. The refund applies for both lasting powers of attorney...

Will you show someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day?

Andrew Leakey
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Do you really love someone? Make a Will - It doesn't sound very romantic does it? But approximately 70% of people don’t have a Will. I see so many situations where loved ones don’t make a Will and leave people...

How can you protect your business?

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When you think about estate planning and planning for the worst, you usually think about protecting property and bank accounts. But if you own a business, there’s far more to consider. What happens to your business if you are incapable of making...

New Court of Protection Rules

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Since the Court of Protection Rules 2007, there has been no comprehensive update of the rules and directions governing the practice and procedure in the Court of Protection until now. On 1 December 2017, the new Court of Protection Rules 2017 were...

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