Citizens Advice reports jump in will enquiries

May 19, 2016 0 comments

family law

Calls regarding the absence of a will after a family member has died have surged in recent years, Citizens Advice reports. Speaking to Radio 5 Live, the charity said there had been  3,747 enquiries  on the topic last year, nearly twice as many as four years earlier, when only 1,522 calls came in. The number…

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Sons contest Loose Women star’s will

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April 12, 2016 1 comment

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The two adult sons of actress and talk show panellist star Lynda Bellingham have announced plans to challenge their late mother’s will. The former star of ITV’s Loose Women died in 2014 from cancer. Her will reportedly left everything to her third husband. Her sons claim their stepfather is depriving them of their inheritance by insisting…

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All a matter of will power?

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March 15, 2016 1 comment

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Radio Verulam is a not-for-profit community radio station based in St Albans down in Hertfordshire. We developed a relationship with them almost as soon as the local Stowe Family Law office opened a little over a year ago. (The name, incidentally, is simply an abbreviation of the Roman name of the town – Verulamium). Now…

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Wills and the forfeiture rule

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January 18, 2016 0 comments

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There is a long held rule that criminals should not profit from their crimes – the so called ‘forfeiture rule’. Specifically, the forfeiture rule applies in cases where someone stands to profit from an act of murder or manslaughter. The rule is clear in the case of murder: where one person murders another they cannot…

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2015: change in the world of family finance

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December 30, 2015 0 comments

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As long as I have been in practice, each year has brought a new set of cases each with its own complexities which continue to make my job hugely rewarding. 2015 has been no different. As ever there have been a number of legislative changes. The Finance Act 2015 gave changes to Inheritance Tax and…

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Challenging a will before death

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December 20, 2015 3 comments

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Wills left behind by the dearly departed sometimes can disappoint friends and relatives. Perhaps the deceased person gave everything to one child and nothing to another, or they decided to leave their money to charity instead of their spouse. When such contentious bequests are made, it is not uncommon for the will to be disputed….

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