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The effects of marriage and divorce on Wills

23 Mar 2021

There is often some confusion about what happens to an existing Will in the event of a marriage/civil partnership or a divorce. Some people have made a Will before getting married, or whilst they are married and do not consider the effect that their subsequent marriage or divorce will have on the Will…

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The importance of having a correctly drafted Will

16 Mar 2021

The recent case of Davey v Bailey highlights how important it is to have a properly drawn up Will. Mr and Mrs Bailey were a married couple with no children. They had made Wills leaving everything to each other but had failed to set out what they wanted to happen after they had both died.…

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National Apprenticeship Week

10 Feb 2021

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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A Question of Trust

26 Nov 2020

Many people are confused by trusts and think that trusts are just for the very wealthy. In reality, trusts can be a very useful way of providing for your family and protecting assets. What is a Trust? A trust is any arrangement whereby someone (the Settlor) gives money or assets (the Trust…

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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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