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Trending Topic Power of attorney refund scheme image Article

Posted 02 February 2018

Power of attorney refund scheme

The Ministry of Justice has launched a scheme which entitles certain people to a refund on the court registration fee. Historically the court registration fees have been set in the hundreds of pounds but with processing costs lowered in recent years the fees were reduced to £82 in April 2017. Those who paid the increased fee prior to the reduction, can now obtain a refund.

Trending Topic Law Society backs alternative Wills image Article

Posted 17 November 2017

Law Society backs alternative Wills

Last week, the Law Society backed alternative Wills being considered by the Law Commission saying that the court should recognise people’s final wishes, even when the current legal requirements for making a Will are not met.

Trending Topic Time for a change? Updating the law of wills image Article

Posted 07 November 2017

Time for a change? Updating the law of wills

It is estimated that around 40% of the adult population die without a will ultimately meaning that many individuals will have their assets distributed in a way that they may not have wanted. This has prompted the Law Commission to review the laws surrounding wills to ensure they are fit for modern purpose.

Trending Topic Law Commission recommends reducing age to write a will to 16 image Article

Posted 08 September 2017

Law Commission recommends reducing age to write a will to 16

The Law Commission has recently recommended that the legal age to write a will should be reduced to 16. Amy Lane discusses the new proposals...

Trending Topic Protecting your legacy: Avoid family disputes by getting a plan in place early image Article

Posted 10 August 2017

Protecting your legacy: Avoid family disputes by getting a plan in place early

It has been a principle of English law for some time now, that where someone has reasonably relied on an assurance or promise to their detriment, the law can step in to prevent an unconscionable outcome if that “promise” is, for whatever reason, not then kept.

Trending Topic Law Commission published consultation on Will reform image Article

Posted 14 July 2017

Law Commission published consultation on Will reform

Will law needs ‘overhaul’ to reflect modern world says The Law Commission

Trending Topic Why should you make a Lasting Power of Attorney? image Article

Posted 19 May 2017

Why should you make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Trending Topic Inheritance Tax Planning image Article

Posted 14 September 2015

Inheritance Tax Planning

Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR) are two of the main reliefs from Inheritance Tax (IHT) and allow the value of certain agricultural assets to be reduced by as much as 100% from an IHT calculation.

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