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19th May 2017

What Will Your Legacy Be?

We tend to think of a legacy as a material possession or an accumulation of wealth that we can pass down to our children or other beneficiaries when we die. Legacy has a much broader meaning and one that might cause us to pause and think more about how we live our lives rather than […]

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12th May 2017

Is One Lasting Power Of Attorney Enough?

How we look after older people requiring care is at the top of the national agenda at the moment, as the Government grapples with the care funding crisis. More people than ever before need care in their old age, with dementia a growing problem. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are now 850,000 people in […]

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5th May 2017

Changes To Probate and OPG Fees

Despite a lot of opposition, probate fees are due to rise next month. At the moment they are a flat fee of £155 (if applied for via a solicitor) or £215 (if applied for directly). Estates of less than £50,000 will become exempt from paying a fee. Currently the threshold for exemption is just £5,000. […]

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28th April 2017

Selling A Probate Property

Having to sell the home of a loved one, especially if it’s somewhere you have happy memories, can be poignant. Shelley Byrne, Probate Team Manager of E.L.M Legal Services shares a few pointers on how to make the process less painful… The lion’s share of a person’s estate is normally their home, but at a time when […]

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21st April 2017

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) – Planning for the Unexpected

Dementia is a growing problem in the UK. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 850,000 people with dementia, and that number is set to reach one million by 2025. At some point, many people with dementia will reach the stage where they are unable to make decisions for themselves. As a result, it […]

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