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Changes to Intestacy Rules

Everyone is advised to make a Will but over half of the adult population do not do so. Where there is no Will, the person’s estate falls subject to the intestacy rules which are statutory rules which govern how your possessions are divided. Many people fail to realise that, without a will, a surviving spouse …

Mugabe – extensive estate but no will

The Zimbabwean revolutionary and one-time politician Robert Mugabe left behind $10 million in the bank, four houses in the capital city Harare and ten cars but no Will, according to a list of his estate revealed this week. The Evening Standard said the details of the former president’s estate were reported by the state-owned newspaper, …

Failure to meet your equality obligations can be very expensive.

Recently an office worker was awarded almost £82,000 for racial and gender harassment, having received an “outrageous and discriminatory” phone call from her employer, even though she had only been employed from March to August of the relevant year. The courts have set out very clearly the reasonable steps that an employer should take in …

Changes to Civil Partnerships

Opposite-sex couples will soon be able to form Civil Partnerships in England and Wales. The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 were made on 5 November 2019 and come into force on 2 December 2019. They follow the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019, which provided that the landmark legislation known as …

Elderly farmer occupied farmhouse for agricultural property relief purposes despite reducing farming activities over time

The First-tier Tribunal has decided that an elderly farmer occupied a farmhouse for the purposes of agriculture so that its value was eligible for agricultural property relief (APR) on his death. HMRC’s view was that the property occupied by the deceased was not a farmhouse so that it did not fall within the definition of …

Securing your digital assets

Only six percent of people have specifically included their digital assets in their wills, according to a London and Watford-based law firm that surveyed its clients this year. VWV’s survey found there to be widespread confusion about what rights people have over their digital assets—even though almost every adult in the UK now has them. …

Information required for Contract of Employment

So, you wish to advertise a post or role, or have interviewed candidates and wish to offer somebody employment… and have an idea as to the terms of employment including pay and hours of work. In our previous post we set out the importance of recording the contractual arrangements. We also highlighted the fact that …

The Potential Downside of DIY Estate Administration

It is becoming more common for personal representatives to try and administer estates without seeking legal advice. The amount of information freely available on-line leads people to believe it is a case of simply filling in the relevant forms, and that if they do the work themselves they will save thousands of pounds in fees. …

Warning about DIY wills

A DIY will could end up costing you a fortune, according to an article in the Daily Mail. Cheap wills, the article says, have led to a surge in court cases where people fight over their loved one’s estate, Ben Wilkinson writes. Low-cost online and DIY wills could result in your estate disappearing thanks to …

Probate delays

The saga of the delays in obtaining grants of probate continues, now with the added highlight of the closure of Birmingham District Probate Registry. Rumoured to have a backlog of over five weeks of applications, it will nevertheless close on 30th August and all the work will be redistributed to the other, already over-burdened, District …

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