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Setting Up Home With An Unmarried Partner

Paul Hajek
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Update: this blog has now been updated, and you can view it  here . It is now quite common for people to set up home before getting married or undertaking a civil partnership , as the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband and his...

Attorneys and Deputies: Balancing the Books for Elderly Relatives

Paul Hajek
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The conundrum being faced by the ranks of attorneys, deputies and families managing this money, is how to balance the books and secure the long term care provision required and invest wisely for a future which protects the capital for those concerned. ...

The Archers: A Good Will Tale

Paul Hajek
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Tweet Many of us were shocked and some outraged by the death of Nigel Pargetter, a much loved character in the Archers. Nigel’s home and business, Lower Loxley, sounds like a very desirable establishment and Nigel was obviously keen to keep it...

Will Diputes: Challenges to Wills on the Increase

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Tweet There has been a significant increase in the number of cases coming before the courts where wills are being challenged . These challenges are traumatic and expensive for all concerned and highlight the greater need for care and attention to...

Conveyancing and the UK Housing Market: 10 Quite Interesting Things To Know

Paul Hajek
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It was roughly a year ago that I first compiled some quite interesting things about Conveyancing and the Housing Market.   The idea being that if you had the misfortune to sit next to a Conveyancing Solicitor on a bus or at a dinner party, you could...

8 Jolly Good Reasons to Make Your Will

Paul Hajek
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  When deciding to make your will, it just doesn’t have to be that morbid. Now that you're in a good mood, here are some examples of how grateful your loved ones will feel because you have made a will #1 Jolly Good Reason to Make a Will ...

Will Writers: They Are All Solicitors. Right ?

Paul Hajek
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Research published recently shows an alarming 67% of consumers think that all Will Writers are Solicitors. They emphatically are not. Even more worrying, is that 82% of consumers assumed that Will Writers had proper training and qualifications. Consumers...

No Will: Intestacy Rules OK or KO?

Paul Hajek
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You will be known as having died Intestate, if you die in England and Wales without leaving a valid Will. The ability to decide where your assets will go after your death will be lost. In all but exceptional circumstances (in limited and expensive legal...

Will Disputes:Bleak House Revisited?

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The fictional case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House told a story of a disputed Will and the cost ravages of the legal system. The poor litigants endured years of delay fighting their claim to the Jarndyce estate through the...

We Did Not Make a Will; A Massive Mistake, a Massive Mistake.

Paul Hajek
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“We did not make a Will. A massive mistake, a massive mistake” were the words used by a young widow on the BBC’s One Show recently. The show recounted the circumstances where her fit and athletic husband died whilst playing football at...

Fixed Fees for Probate: Reassuringly, Not By Weight of File!

Paul Hajek
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A perennial complaint against solicitors is their propensity to overcharge. The case of a Norfolk Solicitor who is being struck off takes overcharging to a new level. The Solicitor in question was charged with other irregularities, but one complaint upheld...

A Loved One has Died. What to do next?

Paul Hajek
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When someone dies, you will need to inform a number of people and organisations and complete certain documents needed by law. If you are a relative or friend you can do some of these things yourself. Others will need to be done by the executor or...

Is Your Will Up to Date? If not you may have a Ticking Time bomb on your hands!

Paul Hajek
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 The news of a mother and children being denied a share of their son’s and father’s estate rams home the perils of not keeping your Will bang up to date. The case which is reported in the news section of the Clutton Cox Solicitors in...

Inheritance Tax: Hold Your Breath!

Paul Hajek
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The payment on death of Inheritance Tax has undergone significant changes in the last couple of years. Interestingly, Inheritance Tax becomes one of the main focuses of attention in Party Conference season. The Conservatives stole a march on the...

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