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  A recent Which? Legal survey [23 June 2018] has revealed that most people in England are at risk of not having their final wishes respected because they don’t have a will. The consumer organisation’s research shows the only 47% of people in the South West have a will in place. “That comes as no…

    ‘A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.’ The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London. The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – which only applies to same-sex couples – is incompatible…

Every parent wants to make sure that their children – whatever their age – are taken care of after their death. This is vitally important in the case of children with a disability who may need additional support. Assistant solicitor Kearney Coffin, who works in the Wills and Probate department of Curtis Whiteford Crocker, says parents may…

  Following the Golden Rule to avoid problems with wills Drawing up a will is a complex business and newspaper headlines are constantly reminding us of how things can go wrong – it can be both emotionally draining and financially damaging to seek redress after someone has died. It’s important to avoid potential claims on…

  PLYMOUTH SOLICITOR WELCOMES DECISION TO WAIVE FUNERAL FEES FOR CHILDREN The Government has unveiled plans for a Children’s Funeral Fund which means that parents will no longer have to pay burial or cremation fees for a child under 18. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, follows a long campaign by MP Carolyn…

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics shows a sudden rise in the number of divorces in England and Wales, up 5.8% on the previous year. It’s the first increase in the divorce rate this decade. The figures also reveal that the increase is highest amongst older people. Tam Katibeh, a paralegal in…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DEATH… When it comes to dying, the Boy Scouts motto Be Prepared would be a good one to adopt. Many people are reluctant to contemplate their own mortality, which is why organisations and individuals from the NHS, health and care sectors, housing groups, community organisations, educational establishments, faith groups, the…

The newspaper headlines tell you everything you need to know when there is a dispute over a will. Disagreements over a deceased person’s money or property can be devastating for those left behind and very expensive to resolve. Disagreements over a will can lead to property and assets being tied up for many years meaning…

New rules governing trusts have been brought in as part of a Europe-wide initiative to combat money laundering and the funding of terrorism. The scope of the new legislation includes an online register which requires trustees to submit information to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs by a deadline. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says trusts need…

August is the most popular month of the year for weddings. It could be something to do with the anticipation of fine weather, or the fact that it coincides with school summer holidays or the ease with which people can get time off work. Whatever the reason, an August weekend is the top choice for…

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