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To Marry or Cohabit: that is the question

Wills, Trusts and Probate lawyer, Donna Payne, features in the latest edition of Ye Old Fighting Cock publication and discusses whether its better for couples to cohabit or get married. Click here for full article on page 8.

To Marry or Cohabit: that is the question

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Leaving a legacy for your pet

Many will have heard the tale of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette, who reportedly inherited a substantial sum from the German fashion designer’s £153 million estate.  Whilst many of us with pets may not have the resources to fund such a lavish legacy, have you thought about what will happen to yours should they survive you? …

Leaving a legacy for your pet

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I DO OR NOT I DO…

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 comes into force on 26 May 2019 allowing both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to choose either marriage or civil partnership. It has taken well over a decade to achieve equality in this area.  In December 2005 the Civil Partnership Act was implemented.  This enabled same-sex …

I DO OR NOT I DO…

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Warning: Probate fees increase

A controversial increase in probate application fees has moved a step closer to being introduced, after being narrowly approved at a parliamentary committee hearing earlier this month. The fee, which is currently £155 when using a solicitor and £215 when people apply directly, will now be applied on a sliding scale according to the value …

Warning: Probate fees increase

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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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Equity Release – a good idea or not?

Equity release, where a person aged 55 or over is able to release cash from their home and continue living there, seems to be very much back in favour.  The money may be taken as a lump sum or in several smaller amounts or both.  In simple terms, the home owner retains ownership of their …

Equity Release – a good idea or not?

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