Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Ageing Well Without Children: How can a Professional Attorney Help?

A new organisation AWWOC (Ageing Well Without Children) has been launched to provide advice and guidance to those who are concerned about growing older without children. Their aim is to provide information and support which people can turn to for help with the tasks that become increasingly difficult as we age. Whilst having children is… Read more »

Why are Care Fees so Expensive?

It can be a daunting time for families placing a loved one into a care home, particularly in circumstances where that family member has lost the ability to make decisions for themselves. Aside from the health concerns that often bring about such a decision, there is the complex world of care fees to navigate. The… Read more »

Can I Charge for Being the Executor of a Will?

If you have been appointed as an executor of a Will, you may feel duty-bound to take up that role. Perhaps a friend or family member has asked you to deal with their affairs once they have passed, entrusted you to sort matters out and you want to honour their wishes. You may have been appointed… Read more »

How to look after your pet in your Will

The great British public, long heralded as a nation of animal lovers, will frequently pamper their pooches and care for their cats in a variety of ways that may seem extravagant to some. With 49% of UK adults owning a pet and so many pets being a much-adored member of the family, it makes practical… Read more »

Residence Nil Rate Band: Has It Made A Difference?

The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is an additional inheritance tax allowance which can be utilised by those who have a residential property and wish to leave this to their direct descendants. This includes children, grandchildren, stepchildren and even widows, widowers and civil partners of descendants in certain circumstances. On 6 April 2017, George Osborne… Read more »

DIY Wills: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The High Court heard 368 probate dispute cases last year, up from 282 in 2017. It has been suggested that the reason for this increase is due to the growing popularity of DIY Wills. A DIY Will is one which has been made without professional advice, usually at home in someone’s own handwriting or using… Read more »

Gifting tips for parents to reduce your inheritance tax bill

If you are concerned about the inheritance tax your family will have to pay and how much may go to the taxman, this article summarises various ways to reduce your inheritance tax bill when you are living. If you are a single person and your estate is worth over £325,000 or if you are married… Read more »

Contentious Probate: how to deal with relatives squabbling over the estate

Contentious Probate Q&A My father has recently passed and I am the executor of his estate. He had a lot of personal effects, which my relatives are squabbling over. What should I do? These personal effects are called chattels. As executor, it is your duty to collect his personal effects and distribute them to the beneficiaries of… Read more »