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How unspent income from lockdown could cut future tax bills

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Internet shopping may have boomed during lockdown, but many people have spent less than usual while forced to stay home, and those with spare money have an opportunity to make the most of inheritance tax reliefs on gifts to family and friends if they act...

The future of writing your will - what you need to know

Guy Birtwistle
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At Fishers Solicitors we’ve changed the way we offer our wills and probate services in the mist of the coronavirus pandemic. Before you could pop into our office, meet one of our solicitors and start the process of writing your will, sorting you...

Think you don't need a Will? It's time to re-think!

Emma Allen
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Emma, our dispute resolution solicitor has taken some time to tell you why putting off writing a will can be really risky. It’s a sad fact that I often hear of families and friends telling me a Deceased’s estate is not be given in accordance...

Kick the frivolity and take the higher road over inheritance

Guy Birtwistle
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Inheritance disputes may have risen in response to soaring property prices, second marriages and blended families, with relatives more likely to feel they are missing out, but the courts are pushing back on frivolous claims and obstructive family...

The different types of Wills

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It’s always best to speak to one of our solicitors to ensure everything is what you want and expect it to be later on down the line. However what you may not know is that there are different types of Wills. Choosing the best option for you will help...

Why cohabiting couples must consider estate planning

Guy Birtwistle
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Millions of couples across the UK are choosing to forego marriage and live as cohabitees. However, without proper estate planning, they could be putting their finances at risk. Unlike their married counterparts, unmarried couples have no automatic right to...

6 reasons to make a Will

Hannah Howe
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By making a Will, you choose who inherits When you work hard for your assets, you generally want to know where they will go when you die. If you don’t have a Will, then your estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. These...

Three ways to protect your family

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Take a look at three ways you can protect your family with the help of a solicitor. Writing a Will Latest Royal London research has calculated that 54% of UK adults do not have a will. This involves 59% of parents who either have no will or have one that...

Six secrets to successful investing

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The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a brief introduction to how you could do more with your savings or inheritance by seeking professional investment financial advice. True Potential are an award-winning group of financial services and...

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

Guy Birtwistle
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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...

Avoiding 'do not resuscitate' errors

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Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitate (DNAR) orders are in the news again. The CQC has just published interim findings of its report into concerns that during the early weeks of the pandemic, DNAR orders were wrongly used.    Widely condemned by the CQC...

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

Guy Birtwistle
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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...

6 reasons why you should use a solicitor to make a Will

Hannah Howe
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Making a Will is all about ensuring your assets go where you want them to, after you have died. Our clients tell us that making a Will with us gives them peace of mind, knowing that they have made everything as straightforward as possible for those they...

The life stages that go into legacy making

Guy Birtwistle
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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.

Hayley gains specialist qualification in Wills, Probate and Admin

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Hayley recently passed her Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Wills, Probate & Administration. The course provided her with the knowledge and understanding of the procedures involved in the preparation of Wills and the administration of estates. ...

The Rising Costs of Death

Guy Birtwistle
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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 department to...

Equity Release - Your Top Ten Questions Answered

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Equity Release – Your Top 10 Questions Answered In our Residential Conveyancing department we are often asked by our clients to give them advice when they are considering Equity Release Schemes . In this Blog, Arlie Asbury, one of our Licensed...

Make Your Will Fortnight

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Fishers Dewes Solicitors’ Tamworth Office are participating in ‘Make Your Will Fortnight’ in support of St Giles Hospice. Our solicitors, who specialise in the drafting of wills , will be donating their time and expertise to clients...

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

Guy Birtwistle
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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

Guy Birtwistle
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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

Guy Birtwistle
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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

Guy Birtwistle
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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

Guy Birtwistle
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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...

10 Steps to Protect Your Digital Assets

John Gillions
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In previous years gone by administering a person’s estate primarily involved making arrangements for their physical assets, such as property, jewellery, and cash in the bank or shares.  More recently, with our increasing reliance and day to day...

Shaking Up the Status Quo of Intestacy - The New Rules

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If you die without a Will then you are said to have died ‘Intestate’ and your estate will be distributed in accordance with the latest intestacy rules. These rules determine who should benefit from your estate. The rules were thought to...

Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney - Overlooked or Over-the-Top

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For those of you unfamiliar with Lasting Powers of Attorney they can be summarised as a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are too unwell to make those decisions for yourself. There are...

Inheritance Tax Planning - legitimate or immoral?

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The number of celebrities being caught up in ‘tax avoidance’ schemes has been widely publicised. However, recent statistics issued by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggest that Inheritance Tax (IHT) is no longer just a problem for the rich and...

Mind over matter?

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With care homes featuring frequently in the press and on the television the UK’s eye has been drawn to the rapidly increasing older population. Whilst in the 80’s a man would be estimated to live until the age of 84, a boy born today would have...

Where theres a Will... there doesn't have to be a family argument a (Hollywood Tale)

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I appreciate that although very few of us have the personal wealth to rival the rich and famous; when it comes to putting our affairs in order, we could learn a lot from their mistakes. Wills, or the lack of, have made for fascinating reading in the...