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New call for humanist marriages to be legally recognised in England and Wales

New call for humanist marriages to be legally recognised in England and Wales

A new poll has called for ‘humanist marriages’ to be recognised in England and Wales after research revealed significantly lower divorce rates among those married in a humanist ceremony.

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March 13, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Public are unaware of unregulated will writers

Public are unaware of unregulated will writers

Six out of 10 consumers are unaware that will-writers are unregulated, although many people are interested in writing their own wills anyway, new research has found.

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March 1, 2019
Posted in Private Client

Children’s Commissioners demand clarity on family law matters after Brexit

Children’s Commissioners demand clarity on family law matters after Brexit

The four Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom have written to the Brexit Secretary calling for immediate assurances on some of the issues facing children arising from Brexit.

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February 27, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Property sales in UK increased at beginning of this year

Property sales in UK increased at beginning of this year

Residential property sales in the UK were positive at the beginning of the year, up 0.8 per cent between December 2018 and January 2019, official data shows. Overall there were 101,170 residential sales, taking them 1.3 per cent higher than January 2018, according to the figures from HMRC.

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February 27, 2019
Posted in Blog, Property

Millions of Brits prepared to contest loved ones’ wills in court

Millions of Brits prepared to contest loved ones’ wills in court

Over 12.6 million people would be prepared to go to court to dispute a will of a family member if they disagreed with the division of their estate, according to Direct Line Life Insurance research.

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February 22, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

New probate fees were not assessed by the government before being introduced

New probate fees were not assessed by the government before being introduced

Although the government has put plans in place to increase probate administering fees, it has been discovered that no assessments have actually been carried out by government officials on how high-value estates will be affected.

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February 22, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Potential probate rule changes could cause inheritance tax rush

Potential probate rule changes could cause inheritance tax rush

A spike in the amount of inheritance tax (IHT) receipts is being predicted this year as bereaved family members move to complete their paperwork before potential changes to probate fees come into effect.

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February 18, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Inheritance Tax receipts hit “record high” in 2018

Inheritance Tax receipts hit “record high” in 2018

Inheritance tax payments have increased by more than £1 billion since 2014/15, new figures reveal.

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February 15, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

“Overly complex” divorce system “fuels conflict”, says report

“Overly complex” divorce system “fuels conflict”, says report

The current “overly complex” divorce system in England and Wales can “fuel conflict” and disadvantages people who represent themselves and those alleging abuse as grounds for divorce, a study has revealed.

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February 13, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Important: UK citizens need to be aware of lasting power of attorney

Important: UK citizens need to be aware of lasting power of attorney

Lasting power of attorney (LPA) allows UK citizens to choose someone to act on their behalf in case they are incapacitated – whether it be through illness, an accident, or a lack of mental capacity – but only 14 per cent of people have set it up.

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February 10, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client