Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Facebook legacy: what happens after death?

The importance of considering your digital legacy continues to grow as more and more individuals increase their online presence in both financial and personal aspects. Reflecting this, Facebook has recently introduced the option of appointing a ‘Legacy Contact’. This is someone who you nominate to look after your Facebook account after your death. Vanessa Callison-Burch,… Read more »

Should you use a Will writer?

In a recent Mail on Sunday article, Journalist Tony Hetherington talks about the ‘merry-go-round of misery’ he has seen caused by a number of Will writing companies who claim to help clients but then go bust taking client’s money with them. The problems Tony has encountered are not uncommon but it is rarely reported because of the… Read more »

Should I take up my role as an executor?

If you find yourself in the position of being asked to act as an executor of someone’s estate when they die, you will have one of three choices: Take up the appointment Renounce the appointment Have power reserved to you if there is another executor who can act instead You may feel an obligation to… Read more »

Deeds of Variation – will they stay or will they go?

Earlier this year the media gave a little dig at the Miliband family for utilising Deeds of Variation and although the documents were not abolished in the July Budget, a consultation was opened to review the use of the document for tax purposes. This consultation is due to close on 7 October 2015. What are… Read more »

Cohabitation Rights Bill: will it pass?

The Cohabitation Rights Bills is currently being debated in the House of Lords. On a recent survey carried out by YouGov of more than 2000 adults 51% of women think they share all the same rights as married couples when cohabiting compared with 42% of men. Cohabitation between couples is increasing, according to the Office… Read more »

Why you need a Business Lasting Power of Attorney

Business owners, have you thought about what would happen with your business if you lost mental capacity? Previously, a director of a company ceases to be a director as soon as a medical practitioner gives a written opinion stating that the director has become mentally incapable and will remain so for three or more months…. Read more »

Death of a joint owner with a mortgage

When two or more people own a house they can do so either as joint tenants or tenants in common. If they own as joint tenants, and one of them dies, the survivors inherit the house. If they own as tenants in common, the share of the house owned by the person who died passes… Read more »