The Great British Summer

July 16, 2018

The Great British Summer has been a wash-out for years…but not in 2018. In the Lancaster and Morecambe area the summer of 2018 so far has lasted 7 weeks, and June was officially hotter than in 1976 #melting #toonicetobeatwork #weatherandworkadvice   We all wait anxiously for the summer to come around each year and in […]

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Lawyers warn of ‘incapacity crisis’ over LPAs– another good reason to take professional advice and make a LPA

July 10, 2018

#incapacitycrisis #LPAs #make a will A report published recently by Solicitors for the Elderly has warned that around 12 million people in the UK are at high risk of future incapacity but have failed to plan ahead to ensure their wishes are followed by omitting to make a Lasting Power of Attorney. This report is […]

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Will You Marry Me?

July 9, 2018

When you hear this question, it is a time for celebration and making plans for the future.  But does your legal position change?  Are there legal issues to consider even before you are married? Here are a few points to consider from our specialist family lawyers Nicola Codd and Barbara Richardson: Does getting engaged change […]

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Enjoy the World Cup but avoid the hangover

July 2, 2018

Well….four years have passed and the World Cup football tournament has rolled around again. It’s once again time to put your patriotism to the test and support your country! #ComeOnEngland. As a result of the past few tournaments we have all become a little jaded as supporters but in 2018 we really have a team […]

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Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

June 15, 2018

A new report from Zurich has suggested that retirees are potentially being hindered from obtaining financial help should they become ill or lose mental capacity due to not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. By making a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Financial Affairs a person (known as a ‘Donor’) can […]

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Planning your funeral at the age of 27

June 8, 2018

Recently it has been reported that a 27 year old with no health concerns is more prepared for death than most pensioners. She has planned her funeral and decided what she would like to happen to her belongings and shared her Googledocs with her family containing all the information. She explained that it was after […]

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Unmarried couples – another good reason to take professional advice when making a will …

June 4, 2018

#cohabitation #inheritance #make a will #contest a will The High Court has recently ruled in favour of a woman whose late partner of 42 years left her nothing from his £1.5 million estate. His estate was left to tenants and friends. The High Court ruled she should be entitled to a share of the estate […]

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Power of Attorney refunds

May 29, 2018

#PowerofAttorney #Refund The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) recently announced that it has been incorrectly charging for its registration services. So, if you paid a registration fee in connection with a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 then you are […]

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No Fault Divorce – A Better Way

May 17, 2018

Our specialist family law team support a change in the law to allow for “No Fault Divorce” without, as is currently the case, waiting two years from the date that the parties separated. The recent case of Owens has highlighted a potential situation where one spouse has to prove that the other has behaved unreasonably […]

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Does a spouse or civil partner have rights in a house that the other partner owns?

March 2, 2018

The law currently gives you more rights when you are married or enter into a civil partnership than as cohabitees. One important legal consequence of being married is that you have matrimonial home rights which means that you have the right to live in a property that is owned in your spouse’s name and that right can be registered […]

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