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Category: Wills and Probate

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Why Leaving A Will Is Important When You Have Children From Different Relationships

Having an up to date will is always important to be assured that your loved ones are taken care of. It is especially important for couples and cohabitants who have children from different relationships, as this can complicate matters when you die. Creating a will allows you to ensure that you can adequately provide for…

Last Will and Testiment

I want to leave my estate to charity instead of my children. Can this be done?

The dividing of an estate can be complex and troubling to deal with, even if wishes are documented in a valid Will. Emotions can run high; disputes over an estate can erupt within the closest of families. It is vital that property contained in your Will is processed appropriately, to avoid future problems arising. Some…

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Britain Facing Dementia Crisis Over LPA Shortfall

Around 12 million Britons are ‘sleepwalking’ towards a dementia crisis because they have taken no steps in appointing a lasting power of attorney (LPA), according to a recent report. An LPA ensures your wishes are looked after in the event of you losing mental capacity in later life, by appointing a trusted person to control…

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Why Your New Year’s Resolution Should Be Speaking to a Solicitor about a Will

It is coming to the time of year when we start to think about tasks that we may have been putting off during previous months. One such task is that of making a Will. It’s not surprising – thinking about your Will may seem morbid and unnecessary. Lucy Holt, a Solicitor in our Wills and Probate…

Power of Attorney

Solicitors are saying ‘No’ to fully digitised Power of Attorney plans

Ison Harrison has joined up with other leading solicitors in the country in expressing caution with regards calls from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to make lasting power of attorney (LPA) registration fully digital. The proposals would remove the need for a ‘wet signature’ in person and would therefore potentially open the door to a…

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Australian Court accepts unsent Text Message as a Valid Will

The BBC has recently reported on an Australian case, in which the Supreme Court of Brisbane has accepted a draft text message as a valid will. Found in the drafts folder of his mobile phone after his death, the man left ‘all that I have’ to his brother and nephew. He also left detailed banking…

Wills & Probate

Inheritance Act Cases: Charity Begins at Home?

Back in March, I wrote about the case of Illott v Mitson, in which I made the point that it merely served to reiterate the existing law under the Inheritance Act. Four months have elapsed since that case was decided- but we find ourselves reminded of the point once again. Nahajec v Fowle is an…

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Wills In Contemplation Of Marriage

It is unlikely that the prospect of making a Will or addressing your financial security in the future is top of your list when planning a wedding- not when your mind is on a thousand other things. Addressing your Will may not be steeped in romance, but it is crucially important and something you really…

Online Justice

Promotion of the Online Court Begins with MOJ Video- ‘Justice Matters’

In March 2017, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a new video entitled “Justice Matters”, to promote and inform viewers about the forthcoming Online Court system.  The video, which can be accessed on Youtube, allows for quick viewing time, being just over five minutes in duration. The MoJ is said to have an ‘ambitious vision…

Estate Planning

Estate Planning Update

Spring hasn’t sprung quite yet, but changes in the area of Wills and Probate and Estate Planning are upon us. Rebecca Austin is a Wills and Probate Solicitor based at our office in Chapel Allerton. Here, Rebecca highlights both an upcoming rule amendment as well as a court case that could result in some alterations…