Legal Updates

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Personal Welfare Deputies – Can parents be appointed for adult children?

The Court of Protection has recently provided new guidance which may make it easier for parents to be appointed as their adult child’s Personal Welfare Deputy, in circumstances where they suffer from Learning Difficulties….

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No fault divorces – Is it finally the end of the blame game?

The government has confirmed that divorce law in England and Wales may finally be changed to introduce ‘no fault’ divorces. Family law practitioners have been campaigning for this much needed change to the law…

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Sellers Beware – New rules for Capital Gains Tax on the sale of property

New Capital Gains Tax (CGT) rules which are due to take effect in April 2020 will have a dramatic impact on those looking to sell or dispose of certain properties in the UK. CGT…

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Challenging the validity of a Will

Losing someone close is difficult, there are a myriad of emotions you may go through and practical issues to sort out.  This already difficult time may be compounded if you find your loved one’s…

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Probate Chaos

The botched implementation of an increase in Probate fees, combined with changes to the process and Probate Registry closures, has led to huge delays in Executors being able to obtain a Grant of Probate…

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Can my spouse make a financial claim against me after divorce?

Many people mistakenly believe that once they are divorced, the financial ties between them and their spouse are severed – however this is not the case. A divorce deals with the dissolution of your…

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MY BILL IS HOW MUCH?

The government have recently published a revised ‘How to’ guide in relation to purchasing a property. You can find a copy of the guide here.  This guide makes it clear that there remains a…

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Top 5 tips for negotiating a commercial lease

Forewarned is forearmed, and no truer word can be said when it comes to the art of negotiation. And negotiating a commercial lease is no different. For a tenant, your lease may well one…

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – Things to consider

Lasting Powers of Attorney are extremely important and useful documents. However, there are a lot of different factors to consider when putting them in place, to ensure they will be as effective as possible…

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What can you do if you have been left out of a Will or if a Will makes inadequate provision for you?

If you have been left out of a Will or if a Will leaves you with inadequate financial provision or if you do not inherit on an intestacy (i.e. where someone dies without a…

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