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Category: Wills and Probate

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The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill: Important Changes on the Horizon

Certain areas of law see fewer updates and changes than others- you are much more likely to see revisions to criminal legislation than you are in the field of wills and probate, but an important change is on the horizon in an often-neglected area. One recent proposal put forward by the Government sees a significant…

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Will Aid – November 2016

November is now upon us and that means the annual Will Aid has launched; an opportunity for you to partner with Ison Harrison to make a will and support a national charity with a vital and much appreciated donation. Will Aid is a scheme where people are encouraged to make a will with participating solicitors,…

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3 Ways To Protect Yourself From Nursing Home Fees

Millions of elderly and some not so elderly people who own their own homes have a natural fear of what will happen if they go into a nursing home. In many cases the house that they have worked long and hard to pay for may have to go to pay nursing home fees rather than…

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Is testamentary freedom dead?

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a mother’s will be varied so as to leave her estranged daughter £164,000, representing 1/3 of the estate. In her will the mother, Mrs Jackson, left her estate to charity, expressly cutting out her daughter Heather Ilott after Heather eloped aged 17. Heather challenged the will under the…

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​Make a Will Month

Ison Harrison Solicitors are proud to be supporting St. Gemma’s Hospice Make a Will Month campaign this October. What is Make a Will Month? St. Gemma’s Hospice has teamed up with Ison Harrison and others to give you an opportunity to have your Will written for free if you make a donation to the hospice.  Although…

Law Society fears online LPAs could be open to abuse

Law Society fears online LPAs could be open to abuse

The Law Society has raised concerns that the online service for lasting powers of attorney (LPA) could be open to cases of fraud and abuse. LPAs are well established documents that enable you to nominate someone in advance to look after your affairs should you become incapable of doing so yourself at some point in…

Government seeks international collaboration to tackle dementia

Government seeks international collaboration to tackle dementia

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says there are currently 670,000 people suffering from various forms of dementia in the UK and this figure is set to double over the next 30 years. Mr Hunt said: “Dementia is far from a uniquely British problem – it is a world-wide challenge. Similar problems and pressures are being played…

Public ‘at risk’ as will writing remains unregulated

Public ‘at risk’ as will writing remains unregulated

Many legal services are strictly regulated but will writing is not. The Law Society and the Legal Services Board have long campaigned for stricter controls to protect the public but the Government has decided not to take any action. The decision means that anyone can set up in business providing will writing and probate services…

Treasury doubles its revenue from people who don’t make a will

Treasury doubles its revenue from people who don’t make a will

The Times newspaper has published research carried out by lawyers which shows that £38.5m flowed into the Treasury coffers last year from the estates of people who died without a will or an heir. That was a rise of 91% on the year before. The reason for the sudden rise is uncertain. Researchers believe that…

Prime Minister becomes a ‘Dementia Friend’

Prime Minister becomes a ‘Dementia Friend’

The initiative is being promoted by the Alzheimer’s Society, the Department of Health and the Office for Civil Society. The number of dementia sufferers in the UK is set to double in the next 30 years. As well as health issues for sufferers, there are also practical matters relating to how their financial and business…