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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.

New Year Resolutions You Should Keep

We are all “so over” the New Year rush of resolutions.  Gym visits may be wavering, cooking from scratch has fallen foul of ready meals and the new life planner remains unopened….. Why do we do it to ourselves?  – year in year out – set ourselves up for failure? Well, let me help you …

New Year Resolutions You Should Keep

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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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