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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

No-fault divorce will transform how couples understand the process

No-fault divorce will transform how couples understand the process

The Justice Secretary’s apparent willingness to introduce legislation to provide for a ‘no-fault’ divorce option will transform how couples understand the process. Allowing couples to part ways without needing to revisit the past and apportion blame will reframe the entire process, drawing their attention away from past conflict and their differences to the far more…

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February 8, 2019
Posted in Latest News, Press Releases

Government to trial home-buying reservation agreements

Government to trial home-buying reservation agreements

In an effort to tackle the problem of buyers and sellers pulling out of property transactions without good reason, the Government has said that it will trial reservation agreements this year. English and Welsh law as it stands allows buyers and sellers to pull out of transactions until contracts are exchanged with no penalties whatsoever,…

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January 30, 2019
Posted in Latest News

Government consults on boosting protection for pregnant women and new parents returning to work

Government consults on boosting protection for pregnant women and new parents returning to work

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to strengthen employment protections for pregnant women and parents returning to work following their birth of their children. One of the most eye-catching proposals that the Government has put out to consultation is increase protection against redundancy for new mothers to six months following their return to…

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January 30, 2019
Posted in Latest News

Figures show sharp rise in number of Powers of Attorney but a more modest rise in disputes

Figures show sharp rise in number of Powers of Attorney but a more modest rise in disputes

Figures published by the Office of the Public Guardian have revealed a 14-fold increase in the number of applications for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) over the last 10 years, accompanied by less than a threefold increase in the number of disputes. The twelve months to April 2018 saw 759,976 applications to the Office…

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January 30, 2019
Posted in Latest News