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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 01616 966 229.

 

Cost of legal services in England and Wales

Simon Page
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A recent survey by the Legal Services Board (LSB) of legal service providers has found that there is a wide discrepancy of prices charged for legal work and advice in England & Wales. The survey unsurprisingly finds that cost of legal services in...

How far in advance should I start planning to pass my business on?

Jill Rushton
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It is a sad fact that many businesses have no succession plans in place and simply believe that the business will be able to sort itself out in the event of the ill health or the death of the sole trader or one of the business partners. This really...

How to successfully pass on a family business in your Will

Rachelle Nuttall
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Many people have had a lot of extra time on their hands as life has slowed down in recent months given the current pandemic. During March and June there was a significant increase in business start-ups, a website which assists in creating your own website...

Court of Protection Finance Deputyships - why it may make sense for a local authority to instruct external solicitors

Andrew Welch
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This article examines the arguments for and against a local authority instructing external solicitors to apply for a deputyships in respect of service users . It is informed by issues rightly raised by APAD (The Association of Public Authority...

The difference between a Lasting Power of Attorney and Court of Protection Deputyship

Rachel Haywood
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Lasting Powers of Attorney and a Court of Protection Deputyship Order are both documents which can be put in place in order to allow attorneys or deputies to manage the affairs of someone else, but do you know the difference? Anyone over the age of...

Top tips for making your Will in the current climate

Katie Mayren
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It is no surprise that many people are now considering making a Will and getting their affairs in order during this uncertain time we currently find ourselves in. Although it is never a pleasant issue to think about, making your Will and ensuring it...

Reform of Inheritance Tax

Andrew Welch
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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Inheritance Tax and Intergenerational Fairness (APPG) reported in January 2020 with some radical proposals for reform of Inheritance Tax (IHT). The group was set up to facilitate methods of reform to deal with...

What to look for in Wills & Probate services

Jill Rushton
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There is sometimes a big difference in what law firms charge to draft a Will or administer an estate after someone’s death. There can be a particularly large variation based on location, with some solicitors in the South East charging...

Lasting Power of Attorney and value for money

Jill Rushton
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A Lasting Power of Attorney is an important document which will allow someone else to manage the affairs of someone who can’t do it themselves. It is particularly useful if a family member develops a condition such as Alzheimer’s or has...

Do I need to instruct a solicitor if I am the personal representative of an estate?

Sophie Holmes
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What do I need to do as the personal representative? If you are an executor of a Will or if you are administrator where somebody has passed away without leaving a Will , you are legally responsible for administering their estate. This means that you...

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