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How to find a Will or obtain a copy

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On the death of a person, locating a Will can be very important. It not only identifies who the deceased chose to appoint to conduct their affairs but to whom their assets would pass. In the absence of locating a Will, the statutory Intestacy Rules provide potentially for a list of different beneficiaries to those the deceased may have intended. 3M...
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New security bonds to protect LPA donors

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When a person (a 'Donor') creates a Lasting Power of Attorney appointing a trusted person (an 'Attorney') to manage their financial affairs in the event they are unable to do so themselves, they do not contemplate the possibility that their Attorney could abuse their position by accessing and using the Donor's money for their own benefit. 3Sadly, f...
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Video witnessing of wills during Coronavirus pandemic to be legalised

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The outbreak of Coronavirus and the risk it poses to our health has led to an increased demand for people wanting to put a Will in place. At the height of the lockdown, social distancing rules meant that the strict legal requirement that Wills must be signed in the presence of two independent witnesses could not be easily observed. 3This led to som...
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The Law Commission: Buying your freehold or extending your lease

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Last year the Law Commission's began its consultation on proposed changes to enfranchisement. The final report has now been published which can be found here; we examine the key recommendations below. Lease extensionsKey recomendationsLeaseholders of houses and flats should have the right to a lease extension for a 990-year term, rep...
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Wills, LPA & Probate Webinar - August 2020

Wills, LPA & Probate Webinar - August 2020
We are hosting a webinar looking at everything you need to know about Wills, LPAs and Probate in the current climate. Our webinar will cover:The importance of having an up to date Will and how we can assist with this.Why you need Lasting Power of Attorneys in place and how this is done.Dealing with probate following the loss of a loved on...
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"No DSS" letting policy held to be unlawful

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Earlier this month, York County Court held that a letting agent's policy of automatically rejecting tenancy applications from tenants receiving housing benefit was in breach of the Equality Act 2010.The facts of the case were that the prospective tenant was able to provide excellent references from both of her landlords from the last nine years. Sh...
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Redundancy and unfair dismissal claims advice for employees

Redundancy and unfair dismissal claims advice for employees
As the country continues to ease its way out of lockdown, businesses up and down the country are having to make difficult decisions regarding their businesses and staffing levels. In this article we look at the topics of redundancy and unfair dismissal. Redundancy Redundancy is a potentially fair reason to dismiss an employee. An employee is d...
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Major overhaul of the Family Courts to support survivors of domestic violence

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Many describe domestic abuse as a public health epidemic. According to the Office for National Statistics, two women every week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. This figure is said to have doubled during the lockdown period.These figures are staggering, and it is clearly important that those working with families in w...
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Lasting Powers of Attorney - don't leave it too late

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Being unable to make decisions for yourself due to loss of mental capacity is a daunting prospect. Loss of mental capacity can take many forms with dementia, the effects of a stroke and a brain injury being the most common. This does not tell the whole story as sometimes elderly people will simply become frail and as a result become less interested...
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Our offices are now open

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We are delighted to confirm that our Brentwood, Hornchurch and Upminster offices are now open to the public. The safety of our staff and clients remains our priority and we have been working hard to ensure that each office is COVID-secure. Rigorous cleaning measures are in place alongside supplies of gloves, masks and protective screens in shared a...
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Chancellor announces temporary Stamp Duty holiday

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced in his mini budget that from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021 HMRC will offer house buyers a temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday. What is SDLT?Stamp Duty Land Tax is a tax levied on property transactions in England. There are alternative structures in Wales and Northern Ireland. The incentive is applicab...
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Lasting Powers of Attorney Webinar

Lasting Powers of Attorney Webinar
Join us on Thursday 16 July for our second webinar. In this event we will be looking at everything you need to know about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for vulnerable and elderly people. Lockdown has meant many classed as vulnerable were unable t...
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Dangers and legal implications of adding a named individual to your bank account

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It is not uncommon for an elderly or incapacitated person to add a third party as a named individual to their bank account to assist them with the management of their finances. More usually, the appointment is an adult child, close friend, or carer. When approaching the Bank and signing the Bank's mandate creating a joint account, what the account ...
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Forfeiture - during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ordinarily, forfeiture can be an effective weapon for a landlord to obtain compliance with a tenant's contractual obligations under a commercial lease. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of this weapon for a landlord has been severely curtailed.In this article we are looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected commercial land...
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The Family Court – The Road Ahead

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The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, sets out in The Family Court and COVID 19: The Road Ahead a structure for the ongoing operation of the Family Court for at least the next 6 months. It sets out very clearly that the Judiciary and HMCTS do not envisage a return to the 'normal' court working environment before the end of the...
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One step closer to no fault divorce

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Under The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, a spouse will no longer have to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce from the other spouse. They can simply claim that their marriage has irrevocably broken down.The bill will also mean that spouses will not be able to contest the divorce unless coercion or fraud can be proven. The bill will i...
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Children and COVID-19 - A Q&A

Children and COVID-19 - A Q&A
The current health pandemic has caused difficulties for all families, not least separated families. Children have been away from school and their usual routines for several months now and in some cases this has also meant being away from the parent they do not usually live with.While some families have decided, in line with government advice, to co...
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Wills, LPA & Probate Webinar

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We are hosting a webinar looking at everything you need to know about Wills, LPAs and Probate whilst we remain in lockdown.During these uncertain times you may have many questions about your will, putting Lasting Power of Attorneys in place or dealing with probate following the loss of a loved one.Our webinar will cover these points in 30 minutes a...
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The impact of COVID-19 on estate executors

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Probate lawyers have witnessed a significant increase in the number of cases as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The related volatility of stock markets and unstable property market has important tax implications for executors and their advisers. Inheritance TaxInheritance Tax is calculated based on the value of an estate on the date of death....
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Making a Will during lockdown

Making a Will during lockdown
The outbreak of the Coronavirus and the risk it poses to our health has led to an increased demand in clients contacting us to put a new Will in place. The lockdown has presented significant obstacles to lawyers assisting their clients and a requirement to adapt quickly to different working practices to ensure client instructions can stil...
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