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Providing for a pet in your Will

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Your pets are an important part of your family, but providing for them in your Will is not as straightforward as providing for other family members. Whilst a cat or dog might be relatively easy to care for, pets such as tortoises, llamas, or horses will...

Questions to ask when buying a new build house

Adele Holliday
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Buying a new-build house comes with its own issues and processes to follow. Here are the answers to questions on buying a new build house and some tips when buying a new build house. I’ve reserved my new property, what do I need to do now? Now that...

Protecting your estate from care home fees

Karen Fryer
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Without the correct estate planning, the value of your home could be lost to care home fees in the future.  Naturally, people want to protect their assets so that they can pass on the value of these assets to their loved ones on their passing. ...

Helping children through separation and divorce the CROMBIE way

Lois Britchford
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Divorce and/or separation can be a difficult time for everyone, particularly for children. It can turn their world upside down and often takes time for them to become accustomed to their “new normal”. We can help guide you through in a couple of...

Wrapping up the administration of an estate after probate

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Carrying out the duties of an executor is both a privilege and a burden.  You have been tasked with ensuring that someone’s wishes are carried out after their death, and this can often be more complex and take longer than you imagine.  Some...

Pink is for girls - is this attitude a precursor to domestic abuse?

Laura Parke
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As somebody who both works in Family Law, and is a mother of two boys, I am acutely aware of the importance of educating children on consent and not prescribing to the societal norm of ‘what a man should be like’. My youngest son’s...

Distributing the gifts in an estate after probate

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When dealing with the administration of an estate, distributing the gifts is one of the final stages. It is important that executors do not make distributions too soon, to protect themselves and the estate against debts or claims. Executors are advised not...

When should a lay trustee consult a solicitor?

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Trusts are typically used to preserve assets for loved ones in private client estate planning, and many trusts are fairly inactive a lot of the time. Often action is only required when the trust is first set up, when assets are distributed, or when the trust...

When is the right time to make a Will?

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There is no definitive answer to when is the right time to make a Will, as different people may have different reasons and circumstances to consider. However, some general guidelines are: The best time to create a Will is when you are physically and...

Our fundraising for Martin House Hospice

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Our Ryedale offices (Malton and Pickering) have chosen to fundraise for Martin House Hospice as their current office chosen charity. Over the coming months, our staff will be taking part in a variety of fundraising activities which we will share updates...

Best practice when acting as an executor

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Being an executor is an important role and a serious responsibility. Even a simple estate can be more difficult than many people realise and you should ensure that you understand the role and are willing to take on the responsibility before starting to act. ...

We have special offers on discounted legal fees for conveyancing

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If you are buying or selling property, we are offering discounted legal fees for conveyancing from 1 September to 30 November 2023 for one offer and 1 September to 31 December 2023 for the other offer, as our way of helping given the current financial...

Could your digital art or crypto assets be lost to obscurity?

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Part of the success of TV shows like the BBC Antiques Roadshow is the thrill when a long-cherished family heirloom turns out to be surprisingly valuable, for example a piece of china that has been on display in the home for many years. Occasionally, a rare...

We are taking part in York 50+ Festival 2023

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We are very pleased to be part of and supporting York 50+ Festival 2023. Matthew Railton, at our York office, is providing a legal advice drop-in clinic to take questions about making your Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Pre-book your 30 minute...

Farm Inheritance Tax: Advice on paying Inheritance Tax as a working farm

Emma Morris
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You may be surprised to hear about which estates have to pay inheritance tax (IHT) on death.   Once you have farmed for more than two years, most working farms are able to pass from one generation to the next with no or reduced inheritance...

Do medical staff have to respect a power of attorney?

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If you are an attorney for health and welfare decisions (as opposed to financial decisions), it is important to make sure that you are clear about exactly what decision making powers have been granted to you. This will ensure you can work with medical staff...

Providing for a child with disabilities in your Will

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If you have a child with a disability, you may be concerned about what will happen to them when you are no longer around. Ensuring a child with disabilities is provided for sufficiently in the long term can be tricky to navigate, and it is best to seek...

Reporting duties for a financial deputy

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The role of a deputy is similar to that of an attorney. If you are acting as an attorney, this will be because the person you are acting for specifically chose you to act and they made a document called a ‘power of attorney’ at a time when they...

Ryedale lawyer awarded 'gold standard' accreditation

Emma Silkstone
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Emma Silkstone, solicitor in our Private Client team, has been recognised with a national accreditation for her expertise in legal support for older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers. The accreditation is awarded by SFE (Solicitors for the...

Saint Catherine's Make A Will Week 2023

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We are once again supporting Saint Catherine’s Make a Will Week 17-21 April 2023. We have four solicitors taking part and offering appointments for this Make A Will Week* and we are already taking bookings now to fill up the slots we have available. ...

Why York when it comes to property

Gemma Patchett-Thomas
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Gemma Patchett-Thomas, Licensed Conveyancer in our residential property team gives her take on the property market in York. Since 2020 we can all agree that it has been tumultuous for the UK housing market to say the least, with the pandemic boom and then...

Property, planning and paying for care

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A common concern for our clients and their families is the prospect of having to sell the family home in order to meet care costs. There are many articles and schemes online which seem to indicate that selling a home can be avoided, but often these schemes...

Delivering on our Service Pledge by Sue Hirst

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All the staff at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are committed to delivering our Service Pledge and Client Centred value. Below is a great example of this delivery by Sue Hirst in our residential property team for her client. Great work Sue and we really...

Probate and avoiding problems with chattels

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While financial assets can be divided relatively easily when settling an estate, this is not usually possible with heirlooms such as a painting, a piece of furniture or individual pieces of jewellery. Even if items are not valuable, such items may be the...

Business planning and the importance of making a will

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A will is an important part of everybody’s legal planning no matter your circumstances, but for anyone who is in business a well written will is vital to ensure the minimum disruption after your death. Whether you are a sole practitioner, a partner in...

When does a power of attorney take effect?

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If you have been asked to act as an attorney for someone you may wonder when it will come into effect, especially if the power of attorney was made some time ago when your friend or relative was in good health. There was an important change in 2007, and so...

Avoiding common delays in obtaining probate

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Probate is a term which is loosely used to cover the administration of an estate, and it has a reputation for being a lengthy process. The administration includes a number of key stages, including obtaining the grant of probate, paying out to beneficiaries,...

Passing on royalties after you die

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Royalty payments are often earned from creative activities such as writing a book or composing music, but they can also be earned from a patent or brand licensing, or from a franchise or even licensing of mineral rights.  While some arrangements may...

We are taking part in St Leonard's Hospice Make a Will Month

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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The St Leonard’s Hospice Make a Will Month is back for October 2022, giving you the opportunity to have your Will written by a local solicitor in exchange for a donation towards patient care at St Leonard’s Hospice. Making a Will is not...

Advice on cohabitation agreements for farming families

Greg Cross
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It is very common these days for parents to support their children in buying their first home and the “bank of Mum and Dad” comes to the rescue. Often this entails children buying a property with a partner or buying a property and having a...

Legal steps when diagnosed with a life limiting illness

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On top of the heartbreak and worry that a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness can cause, there will be a raft of concerns and uncertainties about your care and financial affairs, and it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare from a legal...

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

Sharon Richardson
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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...

Reporting an estate's value for inheritance tax

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Acting as an executor means that you are responsible for reporting the value of the estate and declaring any inheritance tax due, so it is important to make sure you follow correct procedures. Since January 2022, new rules apply in respect of reporting...

Reform of the private rented sector in 2022

Aoife Hennessy
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The Government has recently published its white paper, A Fairer Private Rented Sector, which sets out its proposals to reform the private rented sector to improve housing quality and to redress the balance between landlords and tenants.  The proposals...

Can I put a condition on a gift in my Will?

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Deciding who should inherit from you in your Will, how much they will get and in what shares, are big decisions to make. This can be made more difficult if you have particular concerns about a beneficiary and whether the inheritance could be at risk. ...

Staff blog - Highlights of my Training Contract so far

Emma Campbell
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We are pleased to be able to share blogs written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at the firm and career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. In this blog by Emma Campbell, Trainee Solicitor at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, she...

Planning your legacy through charitable giving in your Will.

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There are many reasons why someone might choose to leave money to charity in their Will. Tax planning may be a key incentive, or it could be due to a lack of close family members. Some may simply wish to create a longer lasting personal legacy or they might...

pre-paid Probate Plans - buyer beware

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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There are issues with some companies who offered pre-paid Funeral Plans and indeed one company, ‘SureHands’, has collapsed with many people not knowing whether they will have their money returned. The same looks now to be happening with Probate...

Leaving a gift in your Will to Cancer Research UK

Emma Silkstone
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The Private Client team at our Pickering and Malton offices have signed up to the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Free Will scheme. This is a scheme which people can talk to us about and instruct us on at any time of year, it is not limited to a specific week or...

Career promotions from May 2022 at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

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We are very pleased to announce that in the third year of our transparent, merit-based and all-inclusive Career Progression Programme and following the latest round of applications, we have promoted 12 staff with effect from 1 May 2022. These promotions...

Why I chose law as a career and my journey so far

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We are pleased to be able to share blogs written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at our firm and their career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. In this blog by Caroline Clay, Trainee Solicitor at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors,...

Who will run your farm business if you can't?

Emma Morris
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It is important to think about the future, even if it seems more uncertain than ever. Have you given any thought to your farm succession plan lately? Do you even have one? Who will run your business if you can’t? Farm succession planning is not just...

Supporting our community in 2022

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We are looking forward to being able to be more proactive in supporting our local community in 2022, now that we see restrictions on our lives due to COVID being eased by the government. Our Community Focus value is our commitment to showing that we are...

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

Sharon Richardson
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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

Sharon Richardson
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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

Sharon Richardson
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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?

Sharon Richardson
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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,...

Good Divorce Week 2021

Greg Cross
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Every parent wants to put their children’s interests front and centre during a divorce or separation but all too often they don’t know where to turn for help. That’s why Resolution has created the ‘Parenting Through Separation...

Challenging unreasonable ground rent on leasehold homes

Neil Largan
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If you have bought a new home in the last few years, then there is a chance that you will own your property on a leasehold as opposed to freehold basis. If this is the case, then you may be liable to pay ground rent charges to the person who retains...

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

Sharon Richardson
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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...

Ensuring your home passes as you choose

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House prices continue to rise faster than most other investments and property is often the most valuable asset in someone’s estate when they die. But it is also a home and may need to remain a home for a surviving partner, spouse, or children. If you...

5 Year Partnership with Kyra Women's Project

Juliette Kilkenny
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Kyra Women’s Project and Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors have been working together for five years this month to support women in need of legal advice. Women often come to Kyra to make positive changes in their lives after domestic abuse, mental illness,...

Managing financial affairs under a lasting power of attorney

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Making a lasting power of attorney for your finances is an important part of lifetime legal planning, especially if you have built up a portfolio of assets and investments which require regular management. While this legal authority needs to be set up well...

Legal issues involving predatory marriages

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Daphne Frank’s devasting account of her mother falling victim to a predatory marriage highlights the need for better protection of vulnerable people who could be targeted by abusers. Members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), the national membership...

What is a business Lasting Power of Attorney

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You may have heard about someone looking after their elderly parent’s finances and affairs using a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), but there are other occasions when it makes sense to have an LPA in place. In our personal lives we tend to...

Make a Will Month for St Leonard's Hospice October 2021

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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We are very pleased to announce that we are once again taking part in St Leonard’s Hospice Make a Will Month which runs throughout the month of October 2021. This gives you the opportunity to have your Will written by a solicitor in exchange for a...

Options if you suspect abuse of a power of attorney

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With more people in the UK now living into their 80s and 90s, an increasing number of us are choosing to make a lasting power of attorney. This is a legal document under which we appoint someone we trust to make important decisions about our finances, and...

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my Will

Sharon Richardson
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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...

Can I challenge a Will that fails to make some provision for me

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It tends to be only in Hollywood movies that a Will is read aloud, usually for dramatic effect where the contents of the Will are unexpected and lead to the sort of tensions which create a good plot. For example, in the 2019 film ‘Knives Out’ the...

The digitisation of LPAs

Sharon Richardson
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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 are private rights of way over land

Elizabeth Sugden (nee Simpson)
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Often, access to agricultural land requires a right of way over someone else’s neighbouring land or a private road/track which has not been adopted by the Highways Authority. A right of way is an easement. This is a right for one landowner to use...

Journey into law and training contract experience so far

Matthew Burn
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We are pleased to be able to share blogs over the coming months written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at the firm and career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. In this blog by Matthew Burn, Trainee Solicitor at Crombie...

The rights of a beneficiary with concerns about a trustee

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If you are the beneficiary of a trust and you are dissatisfied about the way in which an appointed trustee is acting, then it is important for you to understand your options for holding them to account.    Trustee and beneficiary: What you need...

Making a Will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Living through a global pandemic has meant seeing loved ones taken from us at an alarming rate, and it has been distressing for many to see someone taken into hospital and not know if you might be able to see them again.   ‘ Whilst planning...

Common probate mistakes and how to avoid them

Sharon Richardson
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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.  ...

Career in IT at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

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In our latest staff blog, Dale Cowling in our IT team talks about joining Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors and how his career and job responsibilities have developed over the nine years at our firm. He has demonstrated how our Values (#ClientCentred,...

Neighbour has taken part of your garden: What can you do?

Neil Largan
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Having a neighbour encroach on your property can be a difficult subject to broach. What might have started out looking like a small and innocuous plant to your neighbour can soon grow into a substantial hedge that extends well beyond their boundary,...

We deliver on our Service Pledge

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Matthew Railton , a legal advisor in our Wills and Probate team , has truly demonstrated his commitment and delivery of our Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors Service Pledge . Our Service Pledge has 8 commitments, and we work together as a team to deliver an...

A fond farewell to John Ellis after 50 years in law

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John Ellis, Director at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors with offices in Pickering, Malton, York and Selby, who has served thousands of clients in Pickering and the surrounding areas, retires on 30 April 2021 after 51 years as a solicitor. John qualified as a...

Challenging a dubious Will where you suspect coercion

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We all have the right to leave our money and property to whoever we please when we die, but the decisions we make must be arrived at freely and without undue influence from family, friends or others who hope to secure an inheritance. Our specialist Will...

Training Contract to Solicitor with Crombie Wilkinson

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We are pleased to be able to share with you the blogs written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at our firm and career progression opportunities at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors . In this blog by Ben Simpson, Solicitor at Crombie...

Lifetime planning and marital status can be complicated

Sharon Richardson
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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. ...

Crombie Wilkinson secures Law Society's conveyancing quality mark

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors in York , Selby , Malton and Pickering has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Schem e - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. Crombie Wilkinson underwent rigorous...

19 years of Lexcel accreditation

Duncan Morter
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After our recent full Lexcel re-assessment in March 2021, we are extremely proud to confirm we have been recommended for re-accreditation with Lexce l, the Law Society quality standard.  Lexcel is a measure of performance on both practice management...

The legal protections we should all have in place

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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The documentary “Kate Garraway: Finding Derek” aired this week and highlighted the struggles TV presenter Kate has faced since her husband, Derek Draper, was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in March 2020. Kate has openly spoken about the...

Receptionist career within Crombie Wilkinson

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We are pleased to be able to share blogs written by our staff , talking about their job role, working at the firm and career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is a vibrant and growing law firm serving individual...

Stamp duty land tax holiday extension to 30 June 2021

Adele Holliday
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If you are thinking of moving home , whether that be upsizing, downsizing or your first jump onto the proper ladder, the Government announcement earlier this week to extend the current SDLT ‘holiday’ will no doubt have been music to your...

We are taking part in Saint Catherine Make a Will week

Beth Worthy
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Christine Pick at our Malton office and Bethany Foster at our Pickering office, are both supporting the Saint Catherine’s Make a Will Week by offering appointments during March 29-April 2 2021 so you can make your Will and at the same time leave a...

Changes to marital status and making a Will

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There have been a number of changes in regard to marriage law since 2004, with the most recent being the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships in 2019.  These changes have been important in providing clarity over legal rights and financial...

Why use a legal expert for an estate administration?

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Like many government organisations, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) has been increasing its digital services over the past few years as it aims to provide a more streamlined system for probate registries.    While the...

What do you do if you can't stay in your relationship any longer?

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If the pandemic, the pressures of three lockdowns and the Tiered system with its restrictions we all now live under have meant issues in your relationship have come to a head and you no longer see a way for you to stay together , what do you do? Firstly,...

Lockdown rules for children who live between two households

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Under the National Lockdown Guidance for England, people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles. Always think about your family circumstances and impact of social...

Rules for children who live between two households for Christmas

Greg Cross
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Separated families and the coronavirus pandemic: what are the rules for children that live between two households during the Christmas period?    This is a question no doubt that many parents have asked themselves and perhaps has been the cause...

Co-parenting harmoniously with your Ex

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We came across this great incite into co-parenting with your Ex in a harmonious way. As we head in to ‘Good Divorce Week’ w/c 30 November 2020, ways in which you can make the impact of divorce on all involved are really important for...

Brexit and what it means for family law clients

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On top of the pandemic we are about to come to the end of the transition period and the government has published some guides for clients and others about the impact of Brexit on family law.    For a House of Commons briefing paper on Divorce...

Staff promotions at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

Duncan Morter
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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors has recently announced eight new promotions. Managing a business through a pandemic is definitely challenging, so it is great news to see local law firm Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, not only adapting to deliver their legal...

Proud to support charities with our fundraising

Duncan Morter
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As part of the commitment to our firm value of ‘ Community Focus ’ Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors will be handing over cheques totalling £1410.23 to KYRA Women in York, Black Cat Sanctuary in North Duffield, Ryedale Dog Rescue in Pickering...

October is Make a Will Month for St Leonard's Hospice

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is taking part in the St Leonard’s Hospice’s Make a Will Month taking place in October 2020, giving you the opportunity to have your Will written by a solicitor in exchange for a donation towards patient care at St...

How incapacity affects the individual and wider family

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Finding suitable care for yourself, a relative or friend can be extremely daunting and it can be very difficult to know which way to turn, especially if the care is needed in an emergency situation rather than over a gradual time period. Having access to...

Talking to children about divorce

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This is an interesting article on helping children survive divorce and how talking to them at the right time about their parents divorcing can help play a part in how they react and deal with feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Our Family Law team are here...

Coronavirus and Domestic Abuse - The Risk in Isolation

Claire Eastwood
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What if my home isn’t a place of safety? The latest government guidance is a required measure to fight the virus for many, but for some the danger isn’t just outside, it is also in their homes. The Office for National Statistics reported that 1.6...

Children can visit separated parents during restrictions

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Coronavirus restrictions - advice on children visiting separated parents. Children of parents who are separated can move between households during the coronavirus restrictions, minister Michael Gove has said. Some parents were worried they would not be...

Depression and divorce - helping your children cope with both

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To the point and clear advice for parents on what to look out for in your child(ren) with regards to changes in their behaviour which may be linked to depression. This article by Rosalind Sedacca gets straight to the point and offers practical ways to deal...

Anger and vengeance affect the outcome of your divorce

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This is an excellent article by Mary S Brock and well worth reading. The Family Law team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors can provide you with help and advice if you are separating or going through divorce .  Contact a member of our team at any...

Advice on talking to pre-teen children about divorce

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Insightful advice on how the age of your children will affect how they react to the news and changing circumstances brought about by your divorce from M. Gary Neuman, licensed family counsellor and Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator. No two...

Advice on what not to do in your divorce

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Ten things you should never do in your divorce - some of which may surprise you! I thought this was ‘to the point’ advice and worth sharing from Karen Covy, author of "When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce -...

Divorce and telling children

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What to tell your spouse before you tell the kids about the divorce! This is a really positive article by By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT the author of the new ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? for parents to read and act on before they sit their...

When the Spirit of Christmas came to York

Sharon Richardson
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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...

Help to Buy ISA scheme

Adele Holliday
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Would you say no to some free cash towards your first home? Of course you wouldn’t!  The deadline is fast approaching for opening a savings account which attracts a huge 25% top up from the government when you close the account and buy your...

Our Legal 500 2020 UK ranking

Duncan Morter
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The Directors at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are delighted to announce that the firm's skill in Private Client, Agricultural & Estates work has been acknowledged by our admission to The Legal 500 2020 United Kingdom Edition. The Legal 500 United...