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All About Wills – Podcast

2020-03-26T14:36:36+00:00March 5th, 2018|

Our own Rachel Roche sits down with Andrew Gray from Truth Legal to discuss Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, the Court of Protection, and many other bits and pieces about planning for the future. The main points we cover If you would like to listen to any particular points [...]

Cohabiting couples: your rights under the IPFDA

2020-04-03T15:27:51+01:00April 3rd, 2017|

In previous articles, (here and here) we discussed how the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (IPFDA) can allow claims to be made against someone’s estate. Such claims seek ‘reasonable financial provision’ from the estate and, if successful, can alter the effects of someone’s Will. They can also alter what happens when there [...]

You Can’t Take It With You: Claiming Financial Provision From An Estate Does Not Pass On Death

2020-04-03T13:37:31+01:00March 2nd, 2017|

When someone believes they have been disinherited or ‘cut out of a Will’ it can lead to all kinds of strong emotions flaring up. This is one of the reasons why crime writers love using such events as a motive for murder! In reality, however, there are legal courses of action people can take. [...]

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Can I Sell Property on Someone’s Behalf?

2020-03-27T12:18:00+00:00February 14th, 2017|

There are many reasons why a person might wish, or need, to sell their property; perhaps to downsize to a smaller house or to help finance residential care. This is easily done if the person is willing and mentally capable of dealing with the paperwork, admin and other demands of the sale. But what [...]

A New Way to Save Inheritance Tax in 2017: the Residence Nil Rate Band

2020-04-03T15:22:17+01:00December 14th, 2016|

We are always being asked about ways to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that has to be paid on death. However, whilst tax-saving methods can make a lot of financial sense, they don’t exactly make a lot of headlines. Finding out about the various reliefs and exemptions can be difficult. Nonetheless, it is [...]

Protection to the Vulnerable: The lesser-known benefits of using a Solicitor for your Will

2020-03-27T11:58:13+00:00November 13th, 2016|

There is no legal requirement for a solicitor to be involved when making a Will; ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Will kits and online services provided by unqualified or unregulated businesses are commonplace. Yet a recent case has highlighted just how vital a role that solicitors can play in the Will-making process. Whilst the benefits of having a [...]