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Where there's a will . . .

. . . there could still be arguments . . . . . . as Mary Jane Cowan discovered when her husband died in 2016.   Michael Cowan, the man who invented the black bin-liner, left his £16m Estate in the control of Will trustees, with the intention...

Problems with Executors or Administrators?

Janet Moreton, a speci​alist solicitor in disputed probate – gives some sound, practical advice. What if you are a beneficiary under an Estate or Will, and are becoming frustrated at the time the Executor or Administrator is taking to deal with...

Problems unpicking finances

Unpicking the financial side of a separation can be a minefield, with many people facing the reality that they don't know the value of their own assets, let alone those of their partner or spouse. Changes in pension and investment regulations...

End of the Blame Game?

Could "no fault" divorce end the blame game? Legislation for no fault divorce will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time becomes available to end the “blame game” in marital breakdowns, the Justice Secretary, David Gauke,...

What are Permitted Development Rights?

Permitted Development Rights are rights to make certain changes to a building without the need to apply for planning permission.  They derive from a general planning permission granted by Parliament rather than from permission granted by the Local...

Planning Permission in Principle

Thinking about developing a site for residential purposes? Do you know about permission in principle (PiP)? PiP came into force on 1 st June 2018 and is an alternative way of obtaining planning consent for a housing-led development which is arguably...

Why every parent should have a will

Less than half of all adults have a will, and the number drops even more for parents with young children, yet it is the one legal document every parent should have. The most compelling reason for a parent to have a will is to be able to nominate a guardian...

Mental Health Awareness

13th-19th May was Mental Health Awareness Week, and was designed to raise awareness of mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Here at Talbots Law, our Family Team understand, better than many, that...

Managing legal affairs for someone with dementia

There are 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Whilst the number of registered Lasting Powers of Attorney are rising, many people are left unprepared with family members or carers being unable to...

Home Sweet Home - making your home dementia-friendly in simple steps

Living with Dementia can be a challenging time for the whole family, but here are five simple steps that could make a huge difference in overcoming some of those challenges: Putting a prominent feature to the front of the house can make it easily...
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