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Under current legislation should someone pass away without making a Will then they are known to have died intestate. This means their assets will be distributed as per the Intestacy Rules. Currently, the rules state that the spouse of the deceased shall inherit the first £250,000 and for the remainder of the estate to be divided...
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Some of the family team at Hewitts Solicitors attended the annual Family Justice Board event on the 30th January 2020. This was a fabulous event organised by Dere Street Chambers. The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a wonderful speech about family work in our area, how we work in a professional, collaborative...
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The Sentencing Council is responsible for issuing guidelines on sentencing for the courts to follow. Guidelines must be followed unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so. New guidelines are now being proposed in respect of disqualifications from driving. What is being proposed?  The guidance mainly relates to cases dealt with in...
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For the past few years, the Government has shown substantial commitment towards reforming the residential leasehold sector to tackle ‘corrupt’ and ‘unjustified’ practices. Due to forward thinking government plans, could 2020 finally be the year we see a fairer system for Leaseholders? Over several years, it appears that some parts of the residential leasehold system have...
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A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian. It is a private law order and is intended for children who cannot live with their birth parents. Whilst this is a private law order, it is regularly used in care proceedings when a child is placed with...
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