Solicitors: Professionals To Write Your Will

Solicitors are still the best option for Wills – Report by Will Aid In a public survey conducted by Will Aid, the charity Will writing scheme, they have found that solicitors have been chosen as the best option to ensure that people’s wishes are carried out effectively in their Wills. According to Will Aid’s research, 62% of people who made a Will last year used a solicitor, 12% a will-writer and 9% made a home-produced Will while others used DIY store bought Will packets. Whilst there has been an increase with people using online Will-writing services, a large majority of...

What is a ‘Stateless Person’?

It might seem unfathomable, but some people belong to no country. Imagine having no national identity, no passport or no place to really call home. Statelessness happens in a variety of ways; sometimes people are born into statelessness, sometimes they become stateless later in their lives. Many people who are stateless have never even crossed an international border or left the country they grew up in. Citizenship and the state Citizenship of a nation doesn’t just provide a sense of belonging. It is a bond between person and state. It gives you the right to have rights. Citizenship allows you...

Tax implications for inheriting and gifting property

There are a number of tax concerns to consider when you decide to either gift your property to your children or family members whilst you are alive or when you decide to leave your property to them in your Will. What happens when you are given property in a Will? You may find that you are a beneficiary under a Will where property has been left to you. As a beneficiary you can decide to either sell the property or have it transferred into your name (unless you hold the property as Joint Tenants). Read frequently asked questions about Wills Capital...

Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) – What is it and how it can affect you

Background Each individual can leave up to £325,000 (‘Nil Rate Band’) of their estate to a beneficiary which is free from inheritance tax (IHT). For spouses or widows you can combine two nil rate bands together giving you a total of £650,000 of which no IHT is payable. Any estate worth more than £325,000 (individual) or £650,000 (combined), the remainder is taxed at 40%. This means that if you are widowed when you die and have an estate worth £1,000,000, the first £650,000 allowance is applied leaving you with £350,000 which is then taxed at 40%. Introduction of the Residential...

Orders under Section 8 of the Children’s Act 1989

What types of Orders are there? Residence Orders A residence order is “an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom a child is to live”. This can be granted to anyone, and not just a parent. Shared Residence Orders A shared residence order is an order shared between two people. They do not necessarily have to live together. Contact Orders A contact order decides whether the child should have regular contact with the “contact parent”. This includes meetings, letters, emails, telephone calls and video calls. The meetings can also be supervised, if there is...

Freeze on probate fees

The UK government has been discussing an increase of probate court fees for over a year, but due to the upcoming general election, they have decided not to proceed. The proposal was for a 9,300% increase in fees to the current rate of £215 per application.  This meant that estates worth over £50,000 would have to pay a much larger court fee that could be anywhere from £300 to £20,000 pounds.  The UK government said that this significant jump in fees was to raise over £300 million a year in order to fund the courts and tribunal services. The reason...

What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility is a fairly new concept and was introduced by the Children Act 1989. It means the duties, power, responsibility and legal right for a child or a child property as per S.3 of the Children’s Act. This also means that you can make decisions on behalf of a child especially when it comes to their upbringing and care. Do you have parental responsibility? A woman who gives birth to child automatically has parental responsibility for that child and it does not matter what her marital status is. However, it is not automatically granted to a father. Parental Responsibility...

What if your spouse refuses to sign divorce papers?

A common question that is often asked by clients is what if their wife or husband refuses to ’sign the divorce papers’? It isn’t uncommon for one party to make things difficult for another during a divorce process. This is often a concern for many who are seeking a divorce and they want to know what happens in such a case. It all depends on the reason for a divorce: Adultery – if this was the basis for a divorce, this does not require an agreement. If your spouse refuses to accept the charges, adultery can be very difficult to...

Checklist for choosing the right personal injury solicitor

There are several personal injury solicitors that deal with  claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. However, the quality of service you receive can be drastically different from one company to another. In this post, we’ll list all the things that you should look out for in order to be sure you’re working with the right personal injury solicitor. What should a good personal injury solicitor offer? You should receive advice which is focused on your matter from a lawyer acting solely in your best interest. You should feel comfortable and at ease with your solicitor. Being able to...

What can you claim in a Road Traffic Accident?

One important part of the personal Injury claim process is identifying what you can claim for. This is calculated once you have established who is liable for the accident and obtained independent legal representation. A solicitor is best placed to guide you through this part of a claim. Your claim entitlement If you suffer a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) which wasn’t your fault. It could result in: loss of your car suffer serious injuries which limit your ability to attend to work suffer other damage to your property such your laptop or items of clothing If you were to have...