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How to help your children buy their first home?

  In 2020 the Bank of Mum and Dad supported more than half of first-time buyers under the age of 35 to buy their first home. As the cost of borrowing remains low with mortgage rates at an all time low many parents are providing on average £20,000 to help their children get on the…

Peace of mind is just one thing you’ll gain from registering a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Peace of mind is just one thing you’ll gain from registering a Lasting Power of Attorney. As the Office of the Public Guardian reports a drop in applications to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in 2020-21 due to social distancing measures making it difficult for people to complete the application, Private Client Solicitor Anne-Marie…

All change with the Trust Registration Service?

All change with the Trust Registration Service?   As part of the continuing global effort to enhance tax transparency, the EU passed The Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) in 2015. The Directive set out a requirement for Member States to establish a central trust register. Under these regulations, trustees of certain trusts were required to…

Top tips to avoid a scam

Unfortunately, there are times when criminals will pretend to be a solicitor to scam members of the public and take their money. Fraudsters will target genuine law firms by claiming to represent a client on the other side of a transaction (such as a property purchase) or may target individuals directly by appearing to be…

The importance of a Lasting Powers of Attorney

  Most people have heard of the importance of making a Will to ensure a person’s wishes are met when they pass away, but not everyone has heard of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the importance of these documents when caring for a loved one. LPAs are documents you can put in place which…

How to contest a Will after Probate

Contentious probate claims relate to any dispute upon the contents of a deceased will, whether the deceased should have provided for individuals following their passing and how their estate is to be administered. Losing a loved one is difficult, but add to this a dispute and a sad situation can quickly become confrontational and complex….

How can I help a family member diagnosed with Dementia manage their affairs?

To assist someone with their affairs (whether related to their finances or to health matters), you must hold the legal powers to do so. The route you will need to take will depend on the mental capacity of the person you are seeking to help. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of…

Top ten points to consider when making a Will

A lengthy administrative process, disputes between family members and financial hardship are just some of the repercussions for families when a love one dies without making a Will. Despite the increased problems for loved ones left behind, it is estimated that 59%* of people in the UK still don’t have a Will. So where to…

The importance of appointing a guardian for your children

Becoming a parent is life-changing and with so much excitement and planning involved along the way, it is hardly surprising that most people do not consider drafting a Will and appointing a guardian at what is a very important stage of their lives. If the worst was to happen and both you and your partner…

Can the Will of someone who has died be changed?

Although not common, mistakes and errors in Wills do happen. However, when mistakes or errors are discovered after the testator (the individual who has made a will) has passed away, this can cause problems for expectant beneficiaries. Private Client Partner, David Hill discusses the two main options (Variation and Rectification) to consider when looking to…