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What are digital assets? They include, but are not limited to, files; emails; documents; photographs and videos but also include assets such as reward cards, social media accounts (Facebook), online bank accounts, online payment accounts such as PayPal and bitcoin / cryptocurrency. It is important to consider the following regarding digital assets:- What happens to...
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Hewitts are proud to have to have achieved the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme mark which means that we have met the high standards and integrity required and will provide high quality will drafting and estate administration services. As a result of obtaining this as a client you can expect the following:- we...
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The Government is being urged to make legal aid available to bereaved families to be represented at Coroner’s Inquests. Legal aid is currently only available in exceptional circumstances. High profile cases such as the inquests arising from the Hillsborough disaster have highlighted the unfairness of bereaved families struggling for representation when facing hospitals, police and...
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Among the many duties that an Executor carries is the duty to make full use of all the relevant reliefs that an estate is entitled to. If too much tax is paid by an estate then the beneficiaries of an estate may be able to make a claim against an Executor. HMRC will expect an...
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It is good news that we are all living longer, but this can present fresh challenges when it comes to the issue of capacity and caring for our loved ones. It can be the case that the parent/child relationship reverses and it can be difficult to help a loved one with their finances or health...
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Is it really easier and cheaper to make a homemade Will? Making a Will is one of the most important things that a person can do in their lifetime. It makes sure that their loved ones are protected and that their assets are left to the people they care most about. When you see a...
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When an individual has lost capacity the Court of Protection can decide who should have power to make decisions about their assets. This may mean capital assets such as their house, savings, national savings, shares or insurance policies. It may also decide what to do with their income such as state and private pensions, share...
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Many people will at some time in their life have a friend or family member that they would consider vulnerable. This may be because of their age, a physical or mental disability, learning difficulties or a potential exposure to financial abuse. At Hewitts we understand that vulnerable people may require a greater level of care...
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Whilst there are no accurate figures detailing how many of us have a Will it is believed that as many as 7 out of 10 people in the UK die without making a Will. This can leave any number of issues for the family left behind to sort out. If you die without a Will...
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We live in a digital age. In today’s world, many of us store vast amounts of personal information online, from social media accounts, to online bank accounts, betting accounts, blogs, and even e-book and music collections. We are living more and more of our lives online. One thing that is very rarely considered however is...
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