Wills, Trusts & Probate

What rights do cohabiting couples have when their partner dies?

Recent research carried out by the insurance company Direct Line showed that 38% - more than one third - of cohabiting couples living in the UK were unsure of what their rights would be should their partner pass away without leaving a will, and that one in ten cohabiting couples wrongly believed that they would be automatically entitled to inherit their partner’s share of any property that they lived in together.

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Planning ahead - what are your options?

As we become increasingly accustomed to our restricted lifestyles, an increasing number of clients are asking us how we can help to ensure that their wishes are met if there comes a time when they are unable to make important decisions for themselves. Here we outline some steps that will be considered whilst you still have capacity to make decisions for yourself.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney

The corona emergency has prompted people to think about their personal affairs and we have seen an increase in Lasting Powers of Attorney enquiries. Read our blog here to find out about the two types of LPA – ‘Property and Financial Affairs’ and ‘Health and Welfare’.

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Making a Will During a Pandemic

During this unprecedented time, we are sending Wills to clients for signing, with advice on how to ensure it is completed correctly. To ensure that the Will has been completed in accordance with the law and the advice on social distancing, our recommendations include witnesses standing outside the testator’s house and watching the testator sign the Will through an open window.

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