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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 an estate by ensuring a solicitor has carried out all the…

  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…

Many people have heard of the expression Lasting Power of Attorney – the ability to appoint someone to make decisions in the event of an individual becoming incapacitated. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says that many firms need to make similar arrangements to protect their businesses as well. Lucy, who heads the Wills and Probates department…

  A Supreme Court ruling over a widow’s decision to leave her entire estate to animal charities and not her estranged daughter has highlighted the need for professional advice when drawing up a Will. Melita Jackson died in 2007 and left the bulk of her £486,000 estate to three charities – Blue Cross, the RSPCA…

Interviews given by Princes William and Harry about the death of their mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, have revealed the trauma they experienced during the events of 20 years ago. In a candid documentary broadcast on the BBC, Diana, 7 Days, Prince Harry revealed how Prince Charles had broken the news of Diana’s fatal…

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