Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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Government to slash bereavement benefits

March 17, 2017 0 comments

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Bereaved families could find themselves up to £12,000 worse off following government cuts to benefit payments. This week the House of Commons voted in favour of the new Bereavement Support Payment Regulations. Under these rules, parents who have lost their partner will only be entitled to support for 18 months. Currently, when a parent is…

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A stealth tax on bereaved families

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March 8, 2017 0 comments

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This week the government announced that from May 2017 they will be reforming their fees for all Grant of Probate applications despite receiving a majority opposition to their proposals. Indeed many have criticised their plans as a ‘stealth tax on bereaved families’ and it is interesting to note that whilst there has been much focus…

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MP calls for parental ‘bereavement leave’

September 6, 2016 1 comment

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Conservative MP Will Quince has called for parents to be have guaranteed ‘bereavement leave’ when they lose a child. Under current law, if a child dies before they are six months old their parents can take two paid weeks away from work in order to come to terms with such a devastating loss. This is…

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New relationships: moving on too soon?

August 12, 2016 4 comments

family law

People who have experienced bereavement should wait 22 months before embarking on a new relationship, according to participants in a new survey. Support and advice charity Relate commissioned a poll of people who use Gransnet, a social networking site for the over 50s. Users were asked when they considered it appropriate to begin a new…

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Human rights of 11 year-old breached by Essex authority

August 5, 2016 1 comment

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A local authority in Essex breached the human rights of a troubled girl in foster care by failing to progress her case for more than a year, a family court has ruled. Thurrock Borough Council only launched care proceedings for the 11 year-old last year after lengthy delays. She had been born in January 2005,…

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Widows healthier than wives

April 25, 2016 0 comments

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Women become healthier and less stressed after the death of their husbands. Researchers from the University of Padua in northern Italy found that while men who lose their spouse tend to experience a decline in health the opposite is true of women. Their study tracked almost 2,000 people aged over 65 for four years. Widowers…

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A time for flowers

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September 23, 2014 1 comment

Marilyn Stowe

This time last year, my family was facing our first Jewish New Year without my parents, for whom we, their children, were still in our period of mourning. I love flowers and normally my home is filled with them on the New Year, but there were no flowers back then. Our hearts were too heavy…

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MoJ announces £2.85million fund for bereaved families

June 12, 2014 0 comments

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Greater support will be available to families bereaved by homicide after a £2.85 million grant was announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The grant was made to the Homicide Service, which was designed for the purpose of assisting families when they lose a loved one through murder or manslaughter. The assistance offered can include…

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