The perils of depositing your Will with a lay executor were highlighted in case of Tessa Amstell deceased reported November 2018; in 2009 the deceased made her Will gifting her bungalow to her nephew, making gifts to charities and appointing her niec
Take advantage of our offer of a free half hour consultation at our offices for Family and Matrimonial , Wills , Probate. We also offer a free initial half hour conveyancing consultation at our offices on the proposed transaction should t
The IHT nil rate band is £325,000. For those of us who are married or in a civil partnership, any unused nil rate band can be passed to our surviving spouse or civil partner, producing a total tax-exempt band of £650,000.
A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people. At present, the law in England and Wales permits same-sex couples to marry (same-sex marriage was legalised in 2014 with the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Cou
Sharp v Sharp  changed the way the courts divide up a divorcing couple's assets where the marriage is short and childless. The Sharp’s had been married for four years, following two years of living together. They separated in 2013 wh
Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive according to a 2018 study by the University of Exeter. Long-term relationships last when they are built on friendship, respect, realistic exp
'Cohabiting couples need basic legal protections’ A coalition of legal organisations has written to The Guardian (September 2018) urging the government 'to take steps to bring forward, as a minimum, basic protections for cohabiting couples.' The orga
At present, the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down (not irreconcilable differences as it often believed). The court cannot hold that the marriage has broken down irretrievably unless the petitioner sa
The short answer is yes. Prenuptials must be considered by the court as a factor of the case, in the event that there is a dispute as to how to divide up the assets and income on divorce. When determining terms of financial settlement on divorc
A pre-nuptial (or pre-marital) agreement is an agreement made by a couple before they marry or enter into a civil partnership, which sets out how they wish their assets to be divided if they should divorce or have their civil partnership di
In a recently reported case, a wife successfully argued that she should not be held to the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement which limited her entitlement to c£1.6m. Instead, she was awarded:- A housing fund of £1.35m; and Capitalised spousal ma
In a 2014 case, a pre-nuptial agreement was not upheld in circumstances where, had it been, the husband would have been prevented from buying a home or paying off his debts. On the other hand, his wife would have continued to live in luxury wit
The Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. One of the main principles of the Act was to abolish the life-interest trust of the Spouse established by the Administration of Estates Act 1925. In future therefore, the
Some people believe that by making an application for a Grant of Probate themselves rather than instructing solicitors will save them fees and ensure that the process does not become a lengthy, protracted one. Very much the opposite. Serv
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