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Disinherited adult children: estranged and left empty-handed?

Victoria Raven
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It is not uncommon for adult children who have been estranged from their parents to be left out of their parents’ Will. However, if that child believes they should have been reasonably provided for, there may be hope by way of a claim brought under the...

Occupiers' liability: "The real risk lies in riskless living"

Andrew Turner
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In an increasingly litigious, compensation-focussed society, stories of people trying to apportion legal blame for the most trivial of accidents have become all too familiar. The idea that if someone suffers a loss or injury, a third party must necessarily...

CHILD TRUST FUND ISSUES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Claire Holland
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Back in 2005, the Government introduced the Child Trust Fund (“CTF”) and gave parents a gift of at least £250 to put into the CTF, so forming the basis of a nest egg for the child when they reached 18.  Parents and other relatives...

Should I start divorce proceedings now? An Update

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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Hot on the heels of my recent article considering the timing of starting divorce proceedings (view it here ), on Monday 7th June 2021 Ministers announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force on 6th April 2022. The...

Should I start divorce proceedings now?

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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Here at Hughes Paddison, we have been closely following the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act since its announcement in 2018, through Parliament to receiving Royal Assent on 26 th June 2020. Its introduction will see some of the most ground-breaking...

End of life care wishes

Claire Holland
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We are all thinking more about our health at the moment and you may be concerned over how your wishes might be followed if the worst should happen and you are unable to make you own decisions regarding your treatment and care.  Many people have strong...

Dementia Friendly

Leah Vincent
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There are nearly 1 million people currently living in the UK with dementia. Led by the Alzheimer’s Society, this week is Dementia Action Week, which is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people...

Transferable Nil Rate Band and Nil Rate Band Will Trusts

Caroline Farmer
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In October 2007 the Government introduced the Transferable Nil Rate Band (TNRB). All individuals have their own Nil Rate Bands (NRB) which has stood at £325,000 since 2009 and will remain at this level until at least 2026. The NRB is that part of the...

Debt Respite Scheme Regulations - another body blow for landlords

Emily Arnold
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Many tenants have fallen into significant arrears of rent during the Coronavirus pandemic. Landlords are feeling the financial pain, and the restrictions that have prevented the early termination of leases has added to that pain. And just as we start to...

Covid-19 vaccinations, capacity & consent

Caroline Farmer
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The Covid-19 vaccination rollout is the biggest inoculation programme the country has ever undertaken. Uptake of the vaccine has far outreached expectations, with more than 19 million having received at least one jab, and more than 700,000 a second. Yet, it...

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