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Frequently Asked Question about Private Client Law

Posted 31 July 2020 by Richard Tinkler

As a Solicitor specialising in Private Client law, covering wills, probate and powers of attorney, there are many questions I am frequently asked by potential clients – here are a few below with answers which you may find helpful.  If you have any questions not answered below, please feel free to give us a call.  Please note the answers below are for general information purposes only and do not constitute advice.  Always speak with a Solicitor in relation to your own circumstances.Wills Can I write my own will at home?  Yes, legally you are allowed to do this, b...

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Do you think your Will or Estate may be Contested after your Death?

Posted 22 July 2020 by Richard Tinkler

It has been reported by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (‘STEP’) that “the number of English wills being contested through high court litigation reached a record level of 188 in 2019, as house prices continued to rise and cohabitation and second marriages became more commonplace”. If you are thinking of making a will (or if you have already made one) and are concerned about the possibility of a claim being made following your death, please feel free to contact us to discuss the matter and obtain advice relevant to your circumstances.  It may not b...

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Indemnity Insurance - A quick and simple way of dealing with Conveyancing issues

Posted 13 February 2020 by Abigail Englefield-Stangroom

During the course of a sale or purchase transaction you may be asked, as a Seller or Buyer, to provide or take out indemnity insurance. This could be title insurance to rectify a defect on the title deeds, insurance to cover the lack of evidence of building regulation approval or, most commonly, chancel insurance if there is a potential chancel repair liability.What is Indemnity Insurance I hear you ask? Put simply, indemnity insurance is a policy that can be taken out to protect you, your successors in title and/or Lenders against the implications and costs of a third party making a claim ...

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Wills, Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Posted 03 January 2020 by Richard Tinkler

Following a Supreme Court ruling in England, the law now (from 31 December 2019) allows mixed sex couples to be able to enter into a civil partnership. Previously, only same sex couples were able to enter into a civil partnership. Both same sex couples and opposite sex couples can enter into a marriage (and this has now been the law for some time). If you are in a mixed sex relationship and have made Wills, and decide to form a civil partnership now that the law has changed, any Wills made previously will be invalidated by the civil partnership, unless the Wills were made in expectation of...

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