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The Hidden Dangers of DIY LPAs
The Hidden Dangers of DIY LPAs

Have you ever considered creating a legal document by yourself? Many people who consider going down this route cite lower financial costs as the main reason why. Yet whilst costs can indeed appear...

Inheritance Tax: The Residence Nil Rate Band
Inheritance Tax: The Residence Nil Rate Band

When someone dies they have available to them a Nil Rate Band (“NRB”) for inheritance tax (“IHT”) purposes. The NRB is the amount that a person can leave on their death to...

Inheritance Tax: A Reminder about Annual Exemptions
Inheritance Tax: A Reminder about Annual Exemptions

In these days when people are becoming more and more anxious to avoid the payment of unnecessary inheritance tax (“IHT”) legitimately, it is worth a recap on the simple annual exemptions...

Power of Attorney refund scheme
Power of Attorney refund scheme

Last year the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced they will be rolling out a refund scheme for anyone that registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between the 1 April 2013 and 31...

Legally Speaking - Part 8
Legally Speaking - Part 8

The New Year is one of my favourite times of the whole year. When we reach the shortest day on 21st December I start to think about the longer evenings and, by the end of this month, I may even get...

Legally Speaking - Part 7
Legally Speaking - Part 7

One of the pleasures of progressing in my career has been to teach others and encourage the younger generation. It is a double-edged sword as these days it makes me realise how fast time is passing....

Legally Speaking - Part 6
Legally Speaking - Part 6

I’m going to start off by saying a big thank you to everyone that has come into our legal clinics over the last month. They are now very well attended and we have had some great feedback from...

What makes a Will….?
What makes a Will….?

There has been a lot of press recently about the High Court upholding a poorly drafted Will. The case concerned a gentleman from Montenegro, who had lived in the UK for decades but had never become...

Legally Speaking - Part 5
Legally Speaking - Part 5

October is the month when the evenings start to draw in, the weather takes a turn for the worst and everyone tends to feel just a little bit more miserable. Perhaps then we should consider those in...

Legally Speaking - Part 4
Legally Speaking - Part 4

The summer months are always busy in the legal profession. As with all businesses, the workforce is hugely depleted by everyone taking their holidays and add to that the fact it is the busiest time...