Merry Christmas!

Local artist Jennifer Cooper designed this beautiful Christmas card especially for us. We love it and hope you do to. It has been a busy year and we are both looking forward to a break over Christmas so we are closing the office from 4pm today 21 December, but we will be available for any urgent queries at any point … Read More

Who is my next of kin?

You have probably heard the term next of kin, but what does it mean?  According to the dictionary or Wikipedia, it means “a person’s closest living relative(s)”.  However, in legal terms, it can mean different people in different situations.  There is no legal definition for “next of kin”.  You may be able to identify who you would consider to be … Read More

What happens to our digital life on death?

Our digital lives seem to know no bounds with every aspect of the way we live today having a virtual dimension should we choose it. Not all that long ago, the topic of digital life would not have been a concern when it came to estate planning or estate administration. However, as it is becoming more common to be consumed … Read More

Deprivation of Liberty and Dementia

On the 13 March 2017, the major news outlets ran the following reports: The Daily Telegraph – “50,000 families caring for relatives at home risk breaking the law by locking them in”; The Times – “Dementia sufferers held in care homes and hospitals illegally”; BBC News –“People with Dementia ‘failed’ by deprivation of liberty law”; The Guardian – “Thousands of … Read More

Reduction in Court fees for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney Court fees have just been reduced by 25% to encourage people to write one. Do you have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place? The Alzheimer’s Society predict that by 2021, one million people in the UK will be living with dementia.  Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. … Read More

Probate Court Fees

On the 27 February 2017, the Law Gazette featured an article with the following headline:  “Ministry of Justice confirms hike in probate fees” The article describes how the Ministry of Justice has confirmed a massive overhaul in probate charges, which will see some estates charged up to £20,000. From May this year, subject to parliamentary approval, the MoJ is planning … Read More

Grieving families and the Widowed Parent’s Allowance

On the 26 February 2017, the Mirror featured an article with the following headline:  “Grieving families in financial difficulty could face further heartache under Government plans to slash “lifeline” payments” The article describes how MPs are set to debate changes to the Widowed Parent’s Allowance payments, currently made until dependant children leave full-time education. From 6th April, parents could receive … Read More

Inheritance Disputes on the Increase

On the 24 September 2016, The Times featured an article with the following headline:  “House price boom produces surge in inheritance disputes” The article describes how court proceedings relating to disputes about Wills are increasing and analyses the factors that may be behind this increase including:  Rising property prices so that children have more to fight over;  High levels of … Read More