August 30, 2018

Conditions in Wills can be pretty handy, if used correctly. For example, you might want to ensure someone looks after a vulnerable member of your family. Sounds very useful.

There are a few ways in which you work conditions into your Will. Firstly, you could set up a li...

August 20, 2018

People often ask me if they can leave this person or that person out of their Will.  The answer isn’t as simple as one might think.

The starting point is that English law recognizes the freedom of individuals to dispose of their assets by Will, after death, in whatever...

August 10, 2018

Given that the area law I practice can sometimes be a little, shall we say, sensitive, I always try to write with my tongue slightly in my cheek, and I usually steer away from citing statute or case law unless absolutely necessary. Today however, I find myself struggli...

July 30, 2018

Often people tell me they are just far too young to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). And they always say it in such a reassuring way that I feel, well reassured frankly.

I am always intrigued by their reasoning though. For those not in the know, an LPA allows you...

July 26, 2018

As I read through the quotes in this story, particularly from the son, I could feel my facial expression going from shock to horror, and it reminded me of a quote from good old Lord Denning on family values. Denning said; “There is a prevailing philosophy of `anything...

June 18, 2018

When I read this story over the weekend I was neither shocked nor surprised. I was however, a little sad. I have been saying for many years that when you’re offered a Will for as little as £75, you have to really stop and ask yourself this question. Why would someone,...

May 22, 2018

I’ll never admit to it in public but I’m a bit of a romcom fan. So, when Harry met Sally, sorry I mean Meghan, I just knew I’d be writing something about marriage, and tax. Now there’s an unusual pairing.

Whilst most may only dream of having such a lavish wedding, the u...

May 14, 2018

Now just to be clear I am neither condoning nor condemning the upfront fees Sunrise charged their residents, and just as I climb on to my soap box I wonder how many other care providers would have charged the same if they thought they could have done so without the awf...

May 3, 2018

Whatever your media palate, social or otherwise, there’s been a fair bit in the various outlets recently on proposed changes to inheritance tax (IHT). Let’s get something clear to begin with, there are no proposed changes, there’s just talk.

Curiously, despite all it’s...

April 17, 2018

Whenever I read the words ‘Simple Will’ in an advert I get nervous. Not because it’s typically an advert from a perceived competitor, they are not competitors at all. But because the advert is, in my well thought out opinion, Simply Dangerous.

There really is nothing si...

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