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Dementia Friends

25 Sep 2020

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative which encourages everyone to learn more about dementia and to turn that understanding into action. Actions can be both big and small and are all very important. The initiative hopes to change people's perceptions of dementia and the way…

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Legal Health Check

19 Aug 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted many people to review their situation and to make sure that their personal affairs are in order. If you want to give yourself a personal legal "health check" what should you be looking for? Will One of the most important documents that you can put…

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Video witnessed Wills to be made legal

30 Jul 2020

The government is introducing temporary legislation in September to allow the witnessing of Wills in England and Wales by video conferencing software such as Facetime, Zoom and Skype. Any Will witnessed by video technology will be valid, on the proviso that the quality of the sound and video was…

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Lasting Powers of Attorney - not just for the elderly!

22 Jul 2020

It is never too early to plan for the future, to ease the potential burden on loved ones and to give you and your family peace of mind. More people have been prompted to make a Will during the Covid-19 pandemic but having a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is just as important, if not more important…

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Inheritance tax exemption extended to NHS frontline workers

20 May 2020

There has long been a 100% Inheritance tax (IHT) exemption for members of the armed forces who died in active service. In 2015 it was extended to cover "blue light" emergency services personnel responding to emergency situations. The IHT exemption has now been extended to most NHS and many…

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Dealing with an estate after someone has died

28 Apr 2020

When a loved-one dies, it can feel like an overwhelming task to begin to put their affairs in order and to deal with the long list of administrative tasks that need to be completed. There will of course be the initial tasks of registering the death and arranging the funeral, but what happens next…

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Making a Will during the Coronavirus crisis

25 Mar 2020

In light of such uncertain circumstances during this lockdown phase, naturally people are considering what would happen to their assets if the inevitable happens. Will drafters are facing unprecedented times; drafters are being overrun with requests for new Wills and updates to existing Wills. We are…

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Intestacy - The statutory legacy has increased

17 Feb 2020

The UK Government has increased the amount which a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive where a person dies intestate (without a valid will). The statutory legacy was £250,000; from the 6th February this was increased to £270,000. If someone dies intestate, the rules…

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Proposed amendments to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984

05 Feb 2020

A bill has been submitted, by Lord Lexden of the Conservative Party, to the House of Lords which proposes amendments to the Inheritance Tax Act 1984. If the bill is successful, it will allow (in certain circumstances) for property to be transferred between siblings without attracting Inheritance Tax (…

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Protecting the value of your home against care costs

19 Nov 2019

Many people work hard to buy their own home, and it is often their main asset which they hope their families will inherit after they die. However it is often the case that, if someone needs care in later life due to illness or frailty, their home must be sold in order to fund this care. With life…

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