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Why make a Will?

What happens if you die without a Will Have you ever considered what would happen if you die without a Will? Research suggests that most people would rather go on holiday than make a Will, but making a Will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for...

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Road safety week gains support of legal experts as shocking statistics revealed

Road Safety Week 2020 has unveiled some shocking statistics leading to legal experts calling for tighter road safety measures. Clarke Willmott have leant their support to the campaign, which this year has been focused on the key message of “No Need to Speed”. Organised annually by the road safety charity...

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Farming divorces and collaborative law – a better way

Sorting out a financial settlement on divorce can be complicated, especially for farming families whose personal and business affairs are often inextricably entwined. However, this does not mean that it can only be resolved through an expensive and stressful court battle. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers several different ways of...

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Trusts: not just for the super-rich

Many people associate trusts with the super-rich and the tax manoeuvres of large multi-national corporations, and they are sometimes linked to tax avoidance. This means that they believe that trusts are not suitable for them and miss out on their benefits. Trusts are useful legal devices for asset protection purposes...

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Deeds of Variation and saving tax

A deed of variation is a deed entered into by a beneficiary of a Will varying their entitlement under the Will. To be effective for tax purposes, the deed needs to be made within two years of the date of death of the person making the Will and contain elections...

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Second marriages later in life

Protecting your assets The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) recently published some research showing that over the past five years more than half of their members have seen an increase in clients wishing to use trusts to provide control and protection. STEP reports that the rise in second...

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Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch release their independent report on delays in intrapartum intervention

Approximately 650,000 babies are born each year in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics, 2019); the vast majority are delivered safely. However, England and Wales have higher numbers of babies who are stillborn and neonatal deaths compared to other high-income countries. Background to the HSIB Report In 2014 the...

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Sharp rise in stillbirths due to COVID-19

Between 9 and 15 October 2020 we supported Bliss’ Baby Loss Awareness Week. Sadly, only a few weeks after Baby Loss Awareness Week, it has been reported that there was a considerable increase in rates of stillbirth between April and June 2020 compared to the same period last year. On...

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Compensation claimed for incorrectly performed pinnaplasty

On 27 November 2006 the Claimant was seen in the plastic surgery clinic, aged seven. It was noted that he had prominent ears and was a suitable to have his ears pinned back. The risks of surgery were explained to his parents and the surgery was performed on 27 March...

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Re-balancing generational wealth

Whilst perhaps a little while ago now, in 2016 the then housing minister suggested that the generational inequality between the so-called baby boomers and the millennials might be reduced if parents were to leave their properties to their grandchildren (rather than to their children) in their Wills. This suggestion remains...

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