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How Can You Protect Your Personal Injury Compensation?

Compensation in personal injury claims is intended to provide financial support to those who have had any area of their life affected by an accident that wasn’t their fault. Therefore, it is only right that successful claimants will want to protect any compensation payment in order to help with the financial burden that an accident…

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How To Make a Personal Injury Claim

Millions of people suffer from accidents every year, many of which are either not their fault, or are the result of someone else’s negligence. The injuries can range from cuts and bruises or broken bones, through to life affecting injuries and permanent disabilities that can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Compensation in…

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Daughter Written Out Of Father’s Will Makes Successful Family Provision Claim

As you may have read in one of our previous blogs, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 means that certain individuals (usually family members or dependent persons) can challenge a Will if they feel they have not been left reasonable financial provision. A recent case provides an interesting insight into how the…

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Family Provision – Inheritance Act Claims on Estates

In England & Wales we have the concept of complete freedom of testamentary disposition – we can do what we like in our Wills. If you don’t make a Will then the law of intestacy will dictate where your estate goes. Certain individuals can challenge this if they have not received reasonable financial provision and…

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Challenging Wills – How To Mitigate The Challenge

Following on from our previous article on the successful challenge, we now set out how the mother could have done things differently to ensure her wishes were respected. There is nothing that you can do to prevent a challenge to your Will or gifts made in life, but you can make it harder with correct…

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New Pre-action Protocol For Debt Claims

The Pre-action Protocol for debt claims comes into force on Sunday 1 October 2017 and will potentially have a severe impact on a business if it has outstanding debts due from individuals and sole traders because of the delays that are built into this protocol. The Protocol applies to any creditor business (in limited form,…

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3 Different Ways Of Marketing & Selling Your Property

When it comes to selling a house there are quite a few things to consider. Near the top of the list is how best to market probably your most valuable asset. Traditionally, the first instinct would more than likely be to get in touch with an estate agent or auctioneer depending on the type of…

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Challenging Wills – Reasonable Provision / Maintenance

Challenging Wills Challenging wills and contentious probate is a growing area. Recently an estranged daughter successfully contested her late mother’s Will for lack of maintenance provision against three charities. I will now provide my opinion on the case and how the mother could have ensured her testamentary wishes were respected.  This article will be in…

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Joint Accounts – What if the joint holder becomes mentally incapable?

You would assume that if one account holder loses capacity that the other can carry on using the account – yes? No – in England and Wales, banks and building societies have a discretion to freeze or restrict the operation of the account to essential transactions (i.e. bills, care fees and living expenses). If the…

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5 Key Benefits of Appointing A Professional Will Executor

The process of choosing the people who are responsible for dealing with your estate upon your death is an extremely important part in the process of making a Will. The person or persons you select is known as an executor. This role carries with it a high amount of responsibility and liability, with the person…

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Inheritance Tax & the Residence Nil Rate Band – A Simple Guide!

At present every individual in the UK has a limit of £325k before any inheritance tax is payable and married couples or civil partners can effectively double this up to £650k. These are known as a person’s “Nil Rate Band” (NRB). Since 6 April 2017, a new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) has come into…

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Roger To Pedal His Way To Paris

Curtis Parkinson’s Roger Pitts is set to ride his bike all the way to Paris in an effort to raise money for the Armed Forces community. Organised by The Royal British Legion, Roger will be joining 150 keen cyclists as they cover 460km (284 miles) to travel from London to Paris in just four days.…

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Digital Assets – A Cloudy Issue

Until the last few years, persons assets could quite easily be identified when a client came into our office. The persons house, a couple of bank accounts a works pension etc etc. With each passing generation, the likelihood of Digital Assets will be an ever increasing consideration when dealing with that person’s estate when they pass.…

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The Family Home – Asset Protection and Long Term Care

You will have seen adverts for  ‘Will Trusts’, ‘Asset Protection Trusts’ & ‘Family Protection Trusts’, but do you really understand what it means? The main asset the most of us will ever have will be our home, and you will want to ensure that this is passed on to your beneficiaries. You may wish to…

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WARNING – EPC – Don’t Ignore The Rules Coming in 2018

Do you remember the much maligned Home Information Packs when selling a house? Did you know that part of this was an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and pretty much whenever you sell or let a property, whether commercial or residential, you now have to have one. The purpose of the EPC is to show you…

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Lasting Power of Attorney

Managing your Future with Power of Attorney Every adult has the right to manage their own money and affairs. Sometimes, however, our ability to do this decreases as we grow older. Whether this is due to illness, disability, or an accident, there are a number of practical steps you can take. Most noteworthy steps include creating a Lasting Power of…

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Conveyancing Advice for Buying or Selling a House

If you’re planning on buying or selling a house, the Law Society has produced a handy guide. This guide covers question that you may have, such as ‘What is Conveyancing?’ or ‘What does the Solicitor do?’ Buying or Selling a Home? Buying a home is an exciting time but it can also be confusing, especially if…

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Top 10 Tips on Buying and Selling a Home

A selection of our top tips to make buying or selling a home as easy as possible:   Tip 1: Find and instruct a solicitor before you have found a buyer for your property. Most people often only decide to instruct a solicitor once they have found a buyer and agreed a price. However, instructing a solicitor from…

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Paying for the Cost of Care

Paying for the Cost of Care and the Deliberate Deprivation of Assets Generally speaking, any person that has capital assets over £23,250.00 will be expected to meet the costs of their own care. The exact cost of care is dependent upon the care home and its facilities but it is not uncommon to see costs…

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Why putting your will at the top of your to-do list is so important

Forget to make a will, and when you die you could leave a sea of problems for your already bereaved family and friends, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today. Marking Dying Matters Awareness Week, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers urged everyone to make sure they have a properly written will. He said: ‘Everyone knows…

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