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Sophie Lamont
The legal term for this is dying “intestate” because your estate (the assets that you own when you die) will be distributed in accordance with the laws of Intestacy. Intestacy may not be ideal for various reasons: 1.       Unmarried couples are not treated the same as a legal spouse 2.       Children will receive their inheritance...
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In February 2019 Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal have ordered a re-trial after hearing that she suffered four decades of controlling behaviour and humiliation at the hands of Richard Challen, her husband of 31 years. Mr Challen was killed in August 2010. Sally Challen, a...
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In claims for unfair dismissal brought before the Employment Tribunal, awards of damages made to successful claimants generally fall into two categories – a basic award and a compensatory award. The basic award is calculated by reference to a specific formula which is based on the employee’s level of pay, age and number of complete...
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Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse. It is a phenomenon that occurs specifically in the context of separated families where there is high conflict between the parents, the child is often caught in the middle of this conflict. The motivational factors include the following: 1.       Revenge 2.       Fear of losing the chid 3.      ...
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Direct Line Insurance has published research indicating a 6% increase in wills that were challenged in 2018. The Probate Registry has also revealed that applications to take out Probate were blocked on 8,159 times in the same period. From the research undertaken by Direct Line the indication is that 12.6 million people would be willing...
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Increasingly over the last year more and more people have been looking to benefit from an Empty Homes Grant. This is a Local Authority grant available where buyers who are purchasing properties which have been vacant for 6 months or more can received a £5000 grant provided that the property is occupied within 3 months...
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Two pieces of legislation came into force at the end of 2018 which will transform the personal injury sector. Royal assent has been granted for both the Civil Liability Bill and Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill. The Civil Liability Act is likely to come into force in April 2020 and introduces...
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A Government Help to Buy ISA is to help any first time buyer towards their purchase of their first ever home. You can open one with any amount of money up to £1,200.00, and then on a monthly basis you can save up to £200.00. Most banks have this facility, and once you have found...
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In a case where reasonable financial provision has not been made, the Inheritance Act enables the court to vary the distribution of the deceased’s estate for certain family members and dependants. A recent report has found that the number of Wills and probate disputes making their way to HM Courts and Tribunals system increased by 6% in 2018. Whilst research...
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Drones are very much in the news at the moment with events at Gatwick Airport.  Many people may be buying them for Christmas as gifts so it is important that they are aware of the regulations that apply to them. Drones and the law This article examines drones and the legal framework which governs their...
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