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All posts by Donna Payne

Donna is a private wealth lawyer in combining over 20 years’ experience in the field alongside family dispute work. The family work has led to a strong focus on advising on economic coercion/control, ‘romance fraud’ and protection of the vulnerable in the private wealth arena. She has a leading reputation for using her mediation and resolution skills to achieve fair and reasonable outcomes in family disputes, including contested trusts and probate cases.

Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

Rik Mayall, comedian and actor, did not have a valid Will in place when he died in June 2014.  He died “intestate” meaning his £1.2 million estate could have paid inheritance tax which could have been avoided with the right Will in place.  Under the intestacy law, a significant part of Rik’s estate, as a …

Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

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Funerals: to plan or not to plan

Funeral planning is a subject most of us veer away from.  However some spend a great deal of time planning. News this week has hi-lighted the Co-op’s plans to offer a cut price funeral (click here for article).   I arranged such a funeral for a client – a cremation without any form of service or …

Funerals: to plan or not to plan

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