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TV's Martin Lewis urges people to use Lasting Powers of Attorney

In an episode of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, the financial journalist commented on the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney, the legal documents drawn up when you are fit and healthy, authorising someone of your choosing to make decisions on your...

Son inherits farm as promised despite being left out of father's will

In a landmark decision, the High Court has granted Michael Spencer the right to inherit the family farm, challenging his exclusion from his father's will. This case highlights the legal recourse available when familial assurances clash with testamentary...

Law Society warns of potential fraud with introduction of electronic wills

The Law Society has cautioned that the adoption of electronic wills may heighten the risk of fraud. In response to the Law Commission's consultation on wills reform, the Society emphasises the need for thorough research before implementation. While 50%...

Pensions & The Galbraith Tables: A brief introduction

The Galbraith Tables aim to offer a preliminary estimate for pension values, aiding informed decisions in financial settlements.  When it comes to financial remedies, one of the parties’ main assets is likely to be their pensions. However, this...

When a parent manipulates their child: parental alienation

In recent years, parental alienation has been getting a lot of traction in the media. In the last year, MPs, women’s rights groups, and the UN have raised awareness about the use of parental alienation as a tool to counterclaim in cases relating to...

Child arrangements at Christmas

It's clear that navigating child arrangements during the Christmas period can be challenging for separated parents, and your emphasis on prioritising the best interests of the children is crucial. J&P Solicitor Sarah Rose, from our Family team,...

I have children but I am just about to separate. Do I need legal advice?

If you and your ex-partner agree on all aspects of your children's lives, including where they are to live and the amount of time they are to spend with the other parent, the short answer to this question is you probably do not need legal advice....

Divorce vs Judicial Separation

In this article, we explore an alternative to divorce known as "Judicial Separation". Unlike divorce, this formal process allows couples to separate without legally ending their marriage, offering flexibility for various circumstances. Ultimately,...

The Inheritance TV show highlights real life issues over making a will

The Channel 5 TV series, The Inheritance, has been gripping audiences with its dramatic story of a family at loggerheads over a will. The show features two sisters and a brother who expected to inherit their father’s estate, only to find that he had...

Wills and probate: applying for presumption of death

The process of applying for the presumption of death of a missing person is complex. A recent High Court ruling, in a case involving a person who had disappeared after entering the sea, sheds light on how a missing person’s will can be brought into...
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