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Do Parents Have to Financially Provide for their Adult Children?

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A 41 year old man recently lost his legal claim to force his parents to continue to financially support him in a ‘most unusual’ and ‘unprecedented’ case . The man claimed that his wealthy parents had ‘nurtured his...

What is Contentious Probate?

Ceri Philpott
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The death of a loved one is an extremely emotive time for everyone involved. It is common for family members of the deceased to have different understandings about the deceased’s final wishes and conflicting expectations about what the...

Buying a home in 2020? You could save thousands in tax

Joanne Matthews (Wall)
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People buying property in the UK between now and 31 March 2021 could save thousands of pounds in tax. In July 2020, the Chancellor cut Stamp Duty to 0% for property purchases worth up to £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland. The Welsh...

Lockdown Wills Witnessed Via Video Link to Become Legal

Ceri Philpott
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To make a valid Will, it must fulfil vital legal requirements, including that it must be signed by the testator (the person making the Will) and witnessed by two independent witnesses. These witnesses must have a “clear line of sight” to the...

What are Encrypted phones and Encrochat?

Scott Bowen
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What is the background? Encrypted phones have been big news lately. These handsets are purchased with encrypted sim cards for thousands of pounds. Generally, the encrypted phones are limited to calling and messaging other encrypted handsets. Whilst the use...

Making a Will during the COVID-19 lockdown

Ceri Philpott
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How can I make a Will during the COVID - 19 lockdown? The current global pandemic has caused many people to think about their own mortality and what arrangements they have in place to protect their families if the unthinkable were to happen. We are...

Domestic Abuse - How can I protect myself?

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Domestic abuse - what protection can the Family Court offer? COVID19 has without a doubt impacted every single one of us in one way or another. The recent government announcement of ‘lockdown’ is inevitably going to pose a significant...

Lasting Powers of Attorney for business

Ceri Philpott
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Do business owners need a Lasting Power of Attorney? We may all have heard of the benefits of making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) for ourselves and our loved ones.  However, it is also vitally important that business owners consider the...

What is the Land Registry Property Alert Service

Ella Saunders
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What is the Property Alert Service? Your property is probably the most valuable asset you own so it is important to protect it from risk of property fraud. The Land Registry has set up a free Property Monitoring Service that can be used to check whether...

Legal Aid - what is it and do I qualify for it?

Megan Parry
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It seems obtaining any form of help with legal fees, is becoming increasingly difficult. Further barriers have been put in place and it can be difficult to obtain Legal Aid, however that is not to say that Legal Aid isn’t available, particularly in ...

What will happen to my pets when I die?

Ceri Philpott
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In the UK, we are a nation of animal lovers. In an article in The Express, according to a survey taken in 2014, it was quoted “ that more than 80% of pet owners give their furry friends the same love and attention they give their children ” ...

Lasting Power of Attorney

Ceri Philpott
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Do you know who would deal with your financial affairs and health and welfare matters if you were taken ill, involved in a serious accident or had dementia? Thinking about what could happen in these situations is uncomfortable, yet it is important whilst...

DIY Divorce - What does that really mean?

Megan Parry
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The Ministry of Justice launched their new portal last week, for people seeking to make their divorce applications seemingly without having to go to Court. In theory a ‘Do it Yourself Divorce’. The Ministry of Justice are hailing this as a...

The importance of making a Will

Ceri Philpott
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The importance of making a Will – Frequently asked questions According to a recent YouGov survey, nearly two thirds of the British adult population do not have a Will. This is a shocking and worrying statistic considering the sometimes devastating...

Going to the Family Court. Frequently asked questions

Megan Parry
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What should I wear? It is always recommended that you dress formally for Court. Do not worry if you do not own a suit, a shirt, blouse and some trousers or a skirt are perfectly acceptable. If you are still unsure speak with your solicitor and they will...

A PLO letter: What is it? What does it mean? And what will happen next?

Megan Parry
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If Children’s Services have concerns about your children or your care of them they may have sent you a ‘letter before proceedings’ or otherwise known as a PLO letter. Your Social Worker may have also informed you of the PLO meeting that...

Expert advice is more important than ever!

Scott Bowen
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Most people anticipate being ill at some point in their lives. When that happens, the first thing we do is either attend our local General Practitioner or our local Accident and Emergency Department. Most of us know very little about physiology or medicine...