Why 2016 Should be the Year You Write Your Will

Rebecca Sharp, a partner at Manchester law firm, Slater Heelis, points out the pitfalls of departing this world leaving your intentions unclear – and how to avoid them by simply writing a Will. Most of us are reluctant to confront…

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‘Digital Wills’ Could be the Future of Estates

A new consideration for wills has emerged over the past few years – what to consider when it comes to the deceased’s social media, video game and online accounts after their passing. Ownership of digital files such as word documents,…

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Preserving your home: The new inheritance tax allowance

Prior to the budget on 8th July, there was much anticipation of a new higher inheritance tax threshold of £1,000,000. What has been announced is not quite as straightforward as might originally have been hoped. Currently, every person has an…

Protection for your pets

The importance of a Will to ensure your loved ones are provided for cannot be emphasised enough. Can this be extended to your pets? The simple answer is yes, although the methods of provision can become complicated. There are few…

Famous Wills

Writing a will may not seem like your idea of a good time, but getting your affairs in order has innumerable benefits that could save your loved ones a lot of time and money when you are gone. Your will…

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Another ‘big money’ pre-nup upheld by High Court

Already big business in comparable jurisdictions such as the US, we have blogged previously on the recent rise in popularity of prenuptial agreements in England & Wales, following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Radmacher v Granatino in 2010.   News of…

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Proving a negative: How do you find hidden assets?

The final hearing in Mr and Mrs Young’s divorce saga is currently underway in the High Court in London. This divorce has made headlines before, notably earlier this year when Mr Young was jailed for six months having failed to…

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Family Mediation in full-blown Crisis

The Law Society Gazette has reported on the dire statistics released recently by the Ministry of Justice on referrals to family mediation since Legal Aid was all but abolished for family matters in April 2013. Although the government clearly hoped that family…

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Parents cause acrimony when children divorce

We have commented previously on the rise in recent times of so-called ‘silver divorces’ – couples who decide to split when they reach retirement age.  The Daily Telegraph has recently reported on this, saying that when couples divorce after a…

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