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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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Changes in Compensation Limits from 6th April 2016

From April 2016 the “Statutory Cap” for assessing compensation will increase from £475 to £479. This slight increase has the following changes to certain compensation limits. If you are currently claiming for compensation, contact Curtis Parkinson for a consultation with one of our experts. Tel: 0800 0566042 Email: law@curtisparkinson.com  

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New National Living Wage

In the July 2015 Budget, it was announced that a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) will be introduced for those aged 25 and above. The new NLW will come into effect on 1st April 2016 and has a starting rate of £7.20. Based on earnings for a full-time worker on the current NLW, the…

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Important Changes for Landlords from 1st October 2015

With the new Deregulation Act 2015 some important changes are coming into force on 1st October 2015 regarding section 21 notices, and landlords’ further responsibility to tenants. The rules really affect ASTs (‘assured short hold tenancies’) that begin on or after 1st October 2015. For ASTs starting before 1st October 2015 In relation to serving…

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New Bankruptcy Threshold from 1st October 2015

Since 1st October 2015, the government has increased the minimum bankruptcy threshold for a creditor to be able to start bankruptcy proceedings against a debtor from £750 to £5,000. This means that debt below the new £5000 threshold can only be enforced after a judgment has been obtained against the debtor, and only by those…

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Do You Own a Property in the EU? New Rules on Inheritance May Mean You Need to Review Your Will

If you own a property in an EU country, new EU rules on succession/inheritance mean that you will no longer be obliged to meet local “forced heirship” rules, which basically dictate who must inherit their EU investments and property. From 17 August 2015, the new rules allow EU nationals to choose or elect whether their…

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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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