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Joanne Jones
    • Joanne Jones

    • Head of Wills,Trusts and Probate Team
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EPAs, LPAs & Wills - making sense of what you need to do

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Do you have an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) which was set up some time ago? Well the time may have come to relook at that legal document, particularly as EPAs were replaced with the property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in...

How Tickled I Am to Have Avoided Tax

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Comedian and funny man Ken Dodd had the last laugh last year when he married his long term partner on his deathbed, thus avoiding Inheritance Tax and with probate on his estate just granted his Will and £27.5m fortune is now public. Whilst...

Charities to be Alerted of Legacies in Wills

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A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) following a decision to end its current arrangement. This has been welcomed by many in the charity sector who are...

Start 2019 with your Finances in Order

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If you’re looking at getting your finances in order this New Year it is important to consider making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – these are legal documents that allow you to nominate people you trust to make decisions for you, should you...

Making A Will Should Be Your 2019 Resolution

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Oldham Law firm Pearson Solicitors is urging local families to consider making their New Year Resolution for 2019 to get a Will and plan their financial futures. January is a particularly popular time to make a Will or make changes to an existing Will....

Making A Will Is Good For The Soul

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Not making a Will can have an effect on all the family – as shown this weekend when it was revealed that Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died intestate. Aretha Franklin, who died last month at the age of 76, did not leave a will....

Could you be eligible for a power of attorney fee refund?

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Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) generated a surplus of £89m from Lasting Power of Attorney fee overpayments. This happened because the OPG’s operating costs were reduced, but LPA application fees...

Calculating the Cost of Care Home Fees

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Care home fees is a hot topic for many reasons. To begin with, we are all living longer and therefore our chances of requiring some variation of care are increased, whether this be in a residential care home or via a package of care in our own properties. ...

Waiving Will Writing Fees for Charity

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Have you made a Will? Do you need to update your Will? The Private Client team are proud to be supporting The Christie Make A Will Campaign by waiving their Will writing fees during 18-29 September 2017 and will be encouraging the community and beyond to...

Pay Back Time From MoJ

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Clients could be due cash back from the Ministry of Justice after it announced that charges for registering LPAs have been too high in recent years. The Office of the Public Guardian (the OPG) has admitted to previously charging too much when registering...

Making Wills fit for the 21st Century

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Recent proposals to bring the law around Wills up to date have been welcomed by solicitors after a recent statement issued by the Law Society on the changes. In a response to the Law Commission’s consultation, President, Joe Egan stated: “...

Wills, Trusts, Care Homes, and Property, Your Future Plans

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We solicitors talk about planning ahead a lot and whilst it may seem repetitive the message is important. If you make provision for the future now, by doing things like taking financial advice, drafting a Will or making a Power of Attorney, this can have...

Business Plans and a Commercial LPA

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No matter what your interest in a business – owner, director, partner or sole trader – it just makes sense to protect the future of that business. ‘How?’ I hear you ask… You can start by ensuring you have a Will and Lasting...

Pension Rights, Public Sector and Cohabiting Couples

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Changing trends in family and living arrangements in the UK have meant there has been a shift away from the traditional ‘nuclear family’. According to the office of National Statistics, cohabiting couple families were the fastest growing family...

Why Young People Need a Will

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The law says that anybody can make a Will once they reach the age of 18 – this is because it is important for all adults (no matter their age) to make provisions for the future. Many younger adults avoid making a Will because they don’t...

Inheritance, Living Abroad, Your Will and Estate Post Brexit

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Following the vote to leave, many are left wondering whether the UK’s exit from the EU could have a knock on effect on estates and the succession plans of those with assets abroad. Currently, EU based estates being left to EU citizens are subject to...

Your Digital Legacy and Your Will

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Technology plays a huge part in the modern world, with many aspects of our lives now ‘virtual’ and although many of these things may not be considered ‘assets’ in the traditional sense, they are still an important part of any persons...

Why DIY Wills Are To Be Avoided

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Technically anybody can draft their own ‘home made’ Will and it can be tempting to try to avoid paying someone else for the pleasure. Sometimes however, dodging small upfront charges turns out to be more costly in the long run. So perhaps rather...