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Are times changing?

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One thing I have noticed in my years of practice, especially when advising long term unmarried couples, is that you become increasingly aware of the flaws in the law we currently have when "marriage" becomes tax advice. However, is all this...

Probate? What's that?

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When I tell friends I'm a solicitor and they ask what I specialise in, I often find that the answer I give is often followed by another question. I deal with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Planning, Trusts and…Probate. "What is...

DIY may mean increased costs?

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I am not a handy man. If I try to undertake DIY it is most likely that I am going to hurt myself, damage something, hurt someone else or all of the above. I have learnt from experience that, in the long term, it is cheaper for me to pay someone who knows...

February 14th approaches

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Chocolates, roses, romantic meals for two spring to mind, or perhaps even diamonds so Happy Valentine's Day! Whilst it's not something any of us tends to dwell on, sadly it is a fact that not all couples will enjoy a long term relationship...

"Death, the elephant in the corner?"

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When I start these blogs, I often make the generic comment that "death" is a topic that we do not enjoy talking about; that it is not a dinner table conversation starter. However, the upcoming Pixar film Coco appears to be seeking to buck that...

How can I protect my interest in a jointly purchased property?

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The majority of houses are no longer bought by married couples. As exciting (and often stressful!) as buying a new home is, it is of great importance to document how a property is to be held in the event the property ever needs to be sold. It is often the...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - a better alternative to living wills?

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Although I do not make a habit of thinking about my own demise, one thing I do know is that, when my time comes, I want it to be as quick and painless as possible. Whether "death" is a hot discussion topic for you or not I'd imagine most...

Unmarried woman wins legal fight!

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The topic of marriage can often be a difficult subject for couples in today's society. If you are in a long term relationship you could often be met with a steady stream of "When's?" and "Why not's?" from both friends and...

How to avoid dementia tax!

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Chancellor Philip Hammond is coming under increasing pressure to raise more money to fund long-term social care. Dispatches released a programme on Channel 4 that aired on Monday night at 8.00pm on the so-called 'Dementia Tax'. The programme...

Are you one of the 60%?

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It will not come as a surprise to you that whether I'm speaking with my clients or spending time with friends, people do not like talking about death. No one likes to consider their own mortality and the subject of death isn't one we want to discuss...