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Category Archives: Wills Trusts & Probate

Lasting Powers? Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses Lasting Powers of Attorney

We lawyers are often accused of making things difficult to understand; using terms like whomsoever, subject to the preceding clauses, the party of the first part, per stirpes etc. It is believed that this love of all phrases complicated is a ploy to put the lay-person off dealing with legal issues themselves and to drive... Read the rest of this entry →

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Common People – Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses the problem of cohabitees dying intestate

Jarvis Cocker may have craved the simple life, but family dynamics and relationships are often so entangled, this dream may prove impossible. Over 70% of adults surveyed by COMRES in 2017 were unaware that a ‘common law’ husband or wife is a myth. Cohabiting families are the fastest growing family type, according to the Office... Read the rest of this entry →

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War of the Wills – Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses inheritance squabbles!

War of the Wills. Sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones, doesn’t it? But, as we in Private Client see on an all too regular basis, the truth is often stranger (and more depressing) than fiction. We advise our clients that having a valid Will is a sure-fire way to ensure everyone they love... Read the rest of this entry →

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The right to spite? Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – on claims against the estate

In Britain, we have always championed the importance of free Will. But when it comes to your Will, are you really free to dramatically disinherit your family – especially if you don’t get along? The case of Illot v Mitson brought this issue to the fore, with sensationalist headlines such as Charity cheats grieving daughter... Read the rest of this entry →

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Death of the Salesman? Wednesday Jones – Probate Practitioner in our Private Client team – discusses prepaid funeral plans.

In the Private Client department, we see clients who (after weeks of prevaricating, telephone calls and letters requesting further clarification) eventually decide not to write a Will. Even in this enlightened age, there remains a superstition related to all things mortal – we Brits do not like talking about death; particularly our own. Likewise, haggling... Read the rest of this entry →

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Charlotte Tyrer – Solicitor in our Family and Private Client teams – discusses the effect of Divorce and Separation upon your Will

If you are going through a marriage or relationship breakdown, understandably making a new Will is unlikely to be high on your priority list. However, if you have one, your existing Will may no longer be appropriate in the new circumstances and it is worth reviewing it sooner rather than later. Separation Separation can take... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lewis Thompson, Private Client solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss

Dates of our Glossop LPA Week 2018 Confirmed

We will be holding our annual Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th November at our Ellison Street office. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your finances, property and personal welfare in the event that you are... Read the rest of this entry →

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Laura Willis at DBF Law

Laura Willis – Associate Solicitor – discusses the news that a court ruling is not needed to withdraw care.

The Court of Protection has recently ruled that legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state. This means that if doctors and close family members believe that it is in the individual’s best interest then doctors can withdraw treatment that will lead to the end of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Laura Willis, Private Client team associate solicitor at DBF Law

Laura Willis – Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team – asks: Is the current law on Wills outdated?

The Law Commission for England and Wales has proposed that the law around Wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”. The Law Commission wants to change the existing rules about how to create a valid Will where the individual has made their intentions clear in another form. Under the current law, for... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss 2017 LPA Week Confirmed

Do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney or have you thought about getting one? If you have then you might be interested to know that we will be holding our 2017 Lasting Power of Attorney Week from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March at our Glossop office. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables... Read the rest of this entry →

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