Estate Administration – Do I Need To Use A Local Professional?

It is often a misconception that when you are looking to appoint a professional person or company, such as a law firm, to manage and administer your estate after you...


Inheritance Tax Exemptions – Gifts For National Purposes

When preparing Wills, many people want to ensure that they are as tax efficient as possible in order to avoid the payment of Inheritance Tax. There are various Inheritance Tax...


Mediation & Contentious Probate Proceedings

Lawyers in dispute resolution will no doubt have seen the marked increase in the use of mediation in all areas of dispute over the last decade. If, however, the Judge’s...


Personal Injury Settlements & IVAs

A Personal Injury Trust is typically set up to protect someone’s entitlement to means tested benefits where acceptance of a accident claim settlement may otherwise deem them to be ineligible....


Why You Should Make It Your New Year’s Resolution To Make A Health & Welfare Lasting Power Of Attorney

According to dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers expected to increase to more than one million by 2025. Should...


Best Interest Considerations For Deputies & Attorneys

Attorneys and deputies acting for a person lacking mental capacity (known as P or the donor) are under a legal duty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) to act...


Inheritance Tax Allowances & Planning – How To Mitigate Your Potential Inheritance Tax Liability

Inheritance tax, or IHT as it is commonly known, is payable on everything you have of value when you die, including: Your home Savings and investments Jewellery, works of art...


Trusts In Wills – How To Protect Beneficiaries From Bankruptcy, Divorce Or Themselves

Including a Trust in your Will can be very useful for a number of reasons. Essentially a Trust is created where you have one set of people (the trustees) holding assets...


I Wouldn’t Bank On It…

In the modern world, having children from previous relationships, divorces and unmarried cohabiting spouses are common place. A recent case involves a scenario where all of these eventualities occurred over...


Wife Who Lost Her Husband Speaks Out About The Importance Of Lasting Powers Of Attorney

Last week, the BBC reported on the story of a woman who lost her husband following an electric skateboard accident and the significance of her husband having in place a...


Ex-Fiancée Of Multi-Millionaire Loses Inheritance Dispute With His Ex-Wife

Blyth v Estate of Charles Caudle [2019] The recent decision delivered by the Central County Court in the matter of Charles Caudle’s estate has clearly demonstrated the evidential difficulties an...


Regaining Mental Capacity

The legal principles and role of the Court of Protection relates to those who lack mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. These principles are listed in the Mental Capacity...