Will

MEDIATING FAMILY FALLOUTS AFTER A DEATH

It is not commonly realised that if you live with someone to whom you are not married, if you do not make a Will leaving your assets to them, then on your death they will not automatically receive anything from your estate. Family arrangements are now increasingly complex.  People may have married and divorced, remarried(…)

LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE OVER SIXTIES

You might imagine that the main concern for the over sixties is either making a Will, if they don’t already have one, considering changes to an existing Will, or thinking about a Lasting Power of Attorney.  Incapacity can be caused for a variety of reasons – Dementia or Alzheimer’s are the obvious causes, but even(…)

THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT SIGNING A WILL PROPERLY

The Court of Appeal recently heard a case about just that – what was the effect of the wrong person signing the Will?  In 1999 Mr and Mrs Alfred Thomas Rawlings signed mirror Wills leaving their joint estate to one another or, when they were both dead, to Terry Michael Marley – who was not(…)

COLLABORATIVE LAW REVISITED

Hopefully it is clear that I am an advocate of collaborative law, that when parties separate it is far better for all concerned – them, their children, the wider family – if arrangements about how to separate, who is going to look after the children, can be made by agreement.  Certainly an agreement that both(…)

COHABITANT’S RIGHTS ON DEATH

The Law Commission has published its recommendations on reforming the law on intestacy and family provision claims on death, which include a proposal that certain cohabitants should be entitled to inheritance rights when there is no Will.  The situation at the moment is that if you are living with someone to whom you are not(…)

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT OUR OFFICES?

What is so special about our offices, situated as they are in beautiful countryside on the Warwickshire / Oxfordshire border, with amazing views over the Feldon Valley and, somewhat amazingly, a herd of Water Buffalo.  Well, for a start there is ample free parking, they are easy to find, just off the main Shipston to(…)

WHY MAKE A WILL?

Everyone, young or old, should make a Will, not a popular pastime admittedly, but more important than you might think.  There are serious consequences of not having a Will.  Should you die before you partner, if you are not married your partner is not your next of kin and will not inherit unless you make(…)