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  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    Wills and modern family arrangements
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    Wills are a key document for most people, and we often talk about how intestacy rules take effect if there is no Will.  But the intestacy rules are heavily influenced by the premise that families will be married parents with children born to those parents.  They don’t cope so well with some of the family… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Why Estate Planning is Important
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    Whatever age you are, there are plenty of reasons to start planning your estate. You might have children or other dependants, or a partner you would want to be financially comfortable in the event of your death. You might own assets, a house, or financial products including life assurance, all of which will need to… Learn more

  • Leanne Hathaway - Tax and Trusts
    What do references to “children” mean in Wills and trusts?
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    A seemingly simple question, surely, what does “children” mean?  People often make gifts in Wills and trusts to their own children, to the children of relatives or friends, or to other individuals whose status depends on parentage. Some gifts refer to a beneficiary by name, for example, “I give £10,000 to my son Edward Hands”…. Learn more

  • Elizabeth Ince - Wills and Probate
    Can a Will be varied if the youngest beneficiary is 17 at the date of death?
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    A Will is used to express how an individual would like their estate to be distributed after they have passed away. Sometimes a Will is created and the person at the time didn’t realise the consequences due to their wishes, for example tax consequences. If this circumstance arises, the deceased wishes can be altered through a… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    Are Wills from WHSmith legal?
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    Yes, in short, if you use a DIY Will Kit from WHSmith (or any other shop), they are in fact legal. Be careful with DIY Wills If you do decide to use a DIY Will Kit you have to be extremely careful. It is easy to make one or two mistakes and this could result… Learn more

  • Paul Stubbs - Litigation
    Case poses new developments in Wills and Probate
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    There has been an interesting development in the world of Wills and Probate which looks set to have an effect on the advice we will be providing clients with on disputed wills. In the case of Marley –v- Rawlings, the Supreme Court heard Mr & Mrs Rawlings instructed a solicitor to prepare their mirror Wills. … Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Estate Administration and the Nil Rate Band
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    Administering the affairs of a deceased person can be a long complicated business depending on the complexity of the estate. Following changes made to the taxation of estates in the 2007 married couples and civil partners are allowed to transfer any unused portion of their Nil Rate Band (IHT tax threshold) to the spouse or… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    New Year Resolutions
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    During the Christmas and New Year Celebrations many of us will have committed to a Resolution. Shed a few pounds and book a nice holiday will no doubt feature amongst the most popular. Perhaps it is time add one more resolution to the list “Planning for those we Love”. Whilst the subject of Wills and… Learn more

  • EHL Wills Team
    Growing Interest in our Stoney Stanton Office
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      Following its opening at the end of October our new Stoney Stanton branch office continues to enjoy increased levels of enquiry. People from the local community and surrounding villages have sited the convenience of the office as a major factor in choosing Edward Hands & Lewis. The ground floor office is situated in the… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    The Royal Baby – making your Will and what’s in a name?
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    This week has seen a momentous event in British history with the birth of a new Royal Prince, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The baby, who has yet to be named is third in line to the British throne and stands to lead a life very different of those of… Learn more

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