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Private client

Delays eased at probate registry

Delays at the probate registry will hopefully be eased with the installation of a new management team. The average wait for grant of probate is currently 12 weeks. Mike Freer MP answered a number…

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Statutory Legacy Increase

With effect from 26 July 2023 the Statutory legacy has increased from £270,000 to £322,000.  This is the amount that passes to a surviving spouse where the deceased leaves children and does not leave…

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Divorce Solicitors Sussex

3 Reasons Why You Need to Update / Make Your Will if You are Divorcing

In Divorce, there are so many things to think about and it is easy to go through the process without considering your Will. Many people think, ‘I’ll change my Will after the Divorce is…

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Good News From The Probate Registry

There is good news for those awaiting probate. There has been a recruitment drive at His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and with training of new staff now complete, it is hoped the…

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Do Not Resuscitate

  In a recent article by the BBC, the issue of the use of DNR (do not resuscitate) forms as an excuse not to provide life-saving care has been an eye-opener for many, particularly those…

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Plan for Your Future, Consider an LPA

A power of attorney is a legal document which allows an appointed person/s to act on your behalf should you lose mental capacity. Have you considered what might happen if you fall severely ill…

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Are Attorneys Entitled to See Medical Records?

Are Attorneys Entitled to See Medical Records?

Lasting Power of Attorney A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document where an individual gives another person or persons (the Attorney(s)) power to make certain decisions and to deal with legal formalities…

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Unusual Applications For a Grant of Probate

Author: Faye Harlow Smith. Solicitor, LLB (Hons) Our private client department has a wealth of experience of making applications to the Probate Registry in unusual or tricky situations so if you are trying to…

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Will Making in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has made it problematic for the practitioners to take clients’ instructions face to face, or for the Will to be executed in the presence of appropriate witnesses.  Practitioners have to be…

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Legal Rights of Separating Cohabitees

Legal Rights of Separating Cohabitees: The Family Home

Separating from your partner can be a difficult and stressful time.  There will be a lot to sort out, including what should happen to the family home. So, what is the legal position in respect of the family home where the parties are unmarried?

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