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New ‘No-Blame’ Divorce Laws Explained
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The government recently announced that they are looking at changing current divorce laws in a planned overhaul to modernise divorce procedures to meet with current lifestyle changes and to remove…

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Why it’s important to change your will after a divorce
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During a marriage breakdown making a Will or reviewing the provisions of your current Will may not be your priority however, it is important to consider how the change in…

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Wills, inheritance tax & probate
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Despite overwhelming opposition from the legal profession, including bodies such as Solicitors for the Elderly and STEP, the Government is proceeding with plans to increase the fee payable when making…

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Why you should be making a will.
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No one likes to think about it, no one likes to talk about it; but when it comes down to it, it’s extremely important to have a will. Detailing exactly…

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A Divorce Doesn’t Have to Mean the January Blues
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January is notoriously the most popular month of the year for break-ups, divorces and the dissolving of relationships, and there are a number of reasons why. Whether you didn’t want…

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Nearly 60% of Adults in the UK Do Not Have a Will
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A new survey has revealed that 60% of adults in the UK are leaving themselves in the hand of intestacy laws as they do not have a will in place. One in…

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New High for Legacies Left in Wills
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New data has revealed that 37,000 wills in England, Scotland and Wales had a legacy donation in 2015; this was the highest number ever recorded from date by Smee &…

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Lasting Powers of Attorney
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We have all seen articles along these lines about the NHS. If we are honest, we sometimes read the whole article, but on many occasions we skim through it or…

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Partner Caroline Sherry on Brexit and the housing market
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No-one predicted Brexit and understandably the property market stalled in July whilst people questioned whether it was the right time to sell or buy. August, however, has seen the market…

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A third of ‘silver divorces’ result in the family home being sold
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Those over 50 are dubbed the ‘silver divorcees’ as more older couples get divorced, bucking a trend that has seen divorce rates dropping. Now a new survey from Nationwide Mortgages…

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Married couples are more likely to be happier than those who cohabit
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New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that couples who are married or in a civil partnership are likely to be happiest. Of those surveyed 35%…

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