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New year, new you? Why it might be a good time to write a will

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There is no denying that 2020 is a year which will go down in history - for many reasons. The global pandemic, Brexit, and the fallout from these events has had a significant impact on many areas of our lives. These events may have far-reaching implications...

Lights, camera, action... signing your will goes live

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Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislation is to be introduced in September to allow wills to be signed remotely using a live video link. While the coronavirus pandemic...

Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis

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NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in demand for will writing over recent weeks, according to the professional body for solicitors. The Law Society says many firms have...

The life stages that go into legacy making

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Whether moving in together, marrying, entering a civil partnership, having children, divorcing, re-marrying or a new civil partnership, each of these momentous life stages has an important impact on the outcome if you were to die without leaving a will.

The Rising Costs of Death

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With the ever escalating costs of administering an estate after the death of a loved one, and now the increased price for a each death certificate issued, we asked Guy Birtwistle, Associate Solicitor in our Wills and Probate...

Local solicitor warns changes to powers of attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk

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Local solicitor Guy Birtwistle from Fishers Dewes Solicitors based in Ashby de la Zouch & Tamworth has joined fellow members of Solicitors for the Elderly in warning against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital. An LPA is a...

Local Solicitor Defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Local solicitor Guy Birtwistle from Fishers Dewes Solicitors based in Ashby de la Zouch has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse....

10 Tips to Avoid Challenges to Your Will

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The number of will related disputes are on the rise as more and more people choose to challenge the wills of their relatives. One of the key considerations for any estate plan is to ensure your wishes have been made clear, and that your beneficiaries...

A New Inheritance Tax Allowance

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As you may be aware, individuals currently have an inheritance tax allowance of £325,000 and an unused allowance can be transferred to the surviving spouse. Legislation was introduced in the Summer Finance Bill 2015, published in July, to provide for...

Inheriting an ISA - The New Rules

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The investments of most people nowadays will include cash ISAs and/or stocks and shares ISAs. The benefits of holding these investments have recently increased. For the current tax year (2015/2016), the annual subscription allowance for ISAs is...