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    • Sharon Richardson

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New DWP website for next of kin to use re state pensions

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently announced a new, user-friendly website to allow next of kin to claim underpaid state pensions owed to those who have passed away. It follows criticism of the lack of information and guidance given to...

Intestacy lessons from the rich and famous

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While celebrities often have many professional advisors who look after their business affairs, like many ordinary people they sometimes do not get around to making a Will and setting out their particular wishes. ‘ When you die without a Will,...

All users of probate service to pay a single, flat rate to MOJ

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The Ministry of Justice recently announced all users of the probate service will pay a single, flat rate fee of £273, following its consultation in 2021. Currently, fees are £155 for professional users and £215 for non-professional users....

Protecting your business if you lose mental capacity

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With people seeking greater flexibility and a better work-life balance, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) now account for over 90 per cent of all private businesses in the UK. ‘ Launching and building your new startup is an exciting time and...

Government plans for overhaul of social care

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The white paper on social care in England and new cap on care fees brings more confusion to an already confused system. It’s unlikely to save many people any money and does nothing to alleviate the immediate crisis facing social care. There...

Can I give up or amend a legacy after someone has died?

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While the specific terms of any Will are up to the individual who makes it, after they have died there may be circumstances where those left behind wish to pass their gift to someone else. ‘Beneficiaries are not obligated to accept their inheritance,...

Secret Trusts and how they might be used in making a Will

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A secret Trust can be a useful way of leaving a gift in your Will if you do not wish the details of that gift to become public knowledge. Historically, secret Trusts were used by those wishing to pass assets to extra-marital partners or illegitimate...

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my Will

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Making a Will is an important part of lifetime legal planning, but do you need to put all your wishes in your Will? Where should you set out your wishes for gifts or your funeral arrangements? Is it appropriate to explain your decisions about your...

Probate and overseas assets

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Born in Greece and educated in France and Germany before coming to the UK, at his death in April of this year Prince Philip reportedly left a multi-million-pound estate which includes assets overseas. The administration of those assets, and therefore his...

The digitisation of LPAs

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This week, the government launched a 12-week consultation into the modernisation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). An LPA is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances, health, and care for you should you lose...

What is a next of kin and does it afford you legal protection

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Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough? Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights where children are concerned and,...

Common probate mistakes and how to avoid them

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If you are someone’s executor , then it can be tempting to try to administer the estate yourself with a view to saving money. If the estate is simple and you are comfortable with the legal and tax regulations, then this may be straightforward. ...

Lifetime planning and marital status can be complicated

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The coronavirus pandemic has seen many marriage or civil partnership ceremonies postponed, and a survey by the wedding planning website Hitched found that 71 per cent of couples had postponed their weddings rather than proceed with just a handful of guests. ...

Increases to Probate fees scrapped

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In March 2019 a colleague in our Private Client team reported on the Government proposal to increase the Probate Registry fees required to obtain a Grant of Probate . The proposals were to replace the fixed fee of either £215 (without a Solicitor) or...

When the Spirit of Christmas came to York

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The team at the charity Spirit of Christmas have been organising and running very special Christmas parties for local families for the last 11 years in Selby and Doncaster. In these 11 years, they have invited over 4000 children plus adults, for a...

Vulnerable people and Capacity issues

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In this article we aim to explain why an individual may be vulnerable to harm or abuse, what to look out for and action you can look to take. Are you aware of someone you know who may be a vulnerable person or have capacity issues? They may be a family...

10 reasons to use a Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) lawyer

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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited solicitor is an expert in elder client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your future or the...

The importance of Health and Welfare LPAs

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Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has launched its latest campaign to raise awareness of the importance of health and welfare LPA’s with the report ‘ The Incapacity Crisis – a nation unprepared ’. The report urges consumers to have a...

We are taking part in Amnesty International Make A Will Month

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Amnesty International UK - Make a Will Month March 2018 Use your Will. Change the World. The annual Amnesty International UK free Will-writing scheme is taking place this March. Make a Will Month offers you the opportunity to write your first Will or...

10 reasons to use an SFE accredited lawyer

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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited lawyer is an expert in older client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your...