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Cohabiting couples: your rights under the IPFDA

2019-03-13T16:30:32+00:00April 3rd, 2017|General Interest, News|

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

2019-03-13T16:41:18+00:00March 2nd, 2017|General Interest, News|

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?

2019-03-13T16:45:32+00:00February 14th, 2017|General Interest|

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 [...]

Highly Strung: A Family Dispute over a Harpist’s Will

2019-03-13T17:02:46+00:00January 6th, 2017|General Interest, News|

Another legal challenge to a Will has hit the headlines recently; Iain Hayward brought a claim disputing the validity of a Will made by his late father, Jack. Whilst Iain was to inherit a number of items, including an antique harp, his grounds for complaint were that none of his late father’s £1.3 million [...]

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

2019-03-13T19:45:56+00:00December 14th, 2016|General Interest, News|

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

2019-03-13T18:54:15+00:00November 13th, 2016|General Interest|

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 [...]