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Woman inherits £163,000 despite being written out of mother’s will

5th August 2015 | Wills & Probate

A woman who was written out of her mother’s will because she eloped with her boyfriend when she was 17 has won her appeal to inherit a share of the family estate and been awarded £163,000. It’s considered an important ruling by legal experts and could influence the way some wills are drawn up in the future. The case involved a woman who had been estranged from her mother for 26 years, since leaving home at the age of 17 to be with her boyfriend. She later married him and they...

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The pitfalls of DIY Wills

3rd August 2015 | Wills & Probate

Pitfalls of DIY Wills | Middletons Solicitors For many people making a Will is the last thing they want to spend their hard earned money on. This is reflected in the fact that more than 60 per cent of the UK population do not have a Will. The importance of a Will should not be underestimated though and perhaps this is why there have been a rise in the use of ‘Do-it-Yourself’ Wills. Whilst a DIY Will can indeed save you money, there are some very real concerns that you should be aware of...

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Lasting power of attorney forms now ‘simpler and clearer’

30th June 2015 | Wills & Probate

Lasting Power of Attorney Forms Made Clearer | Middletons Solicitors Lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms have been updated to make them simpler and clearer. The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), which administers LPAs, says the move is in response to feedback from users following a consultation exercise. LPAs enable you to protect your interests in the future in case you ever lose mental capacity through injury or ill health. They allow you to nominate someone you trust,...

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How re-marriages can lead to disputes over Wills

3rd June 2015 | Wills & Probate

The rising number of re-marriages and relationships involving older couples has led to an increasing number of disputes over Wills in the last few years. Conflicts due to relationships started later in life have now become one of the main reasons for families taking legal action if they feel they have missed out on their rightful inheritance following the death of a relative. A typical problem arises when a man or woman remarries and then leaves all their Estate to their current...

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Battling sisters lose control of elderly mother’s finances

30th April 2015 | Wills & Probate

Secure Your Interests With By Drawing Up A Lasting Power of Attorney | Middletons Two sisters who detest each other and no longer speak have lost the right to look after their elderly mother’s finances. Their 97-year-old mother drew up a lasting power of attorney (LPA) eight years ago appointing them as her deputies so they could make decisions on her behalf if she became unable to manage her finances herself. The mother is now frail and in need of support but a judge has ruled...

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Care home fees – Can I get them back?

19th January 2015 | Wills & Probate

There has been a lot of discussion about who pays for care once we have a need for more involved care, such as a nursing home. In some circumstances, your relative may have paid for their care in a nursing home but should be entitled to have those costs paid by the NHS instead. Whilst there are means testing rules in place, many older people are left in a position where they have no choice but to sell their home and use this money to pay for their care. If a relative is paying for their care...

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

8th September 2014 | Wills & Probate

As we grow old it can be more difficult to manage the day to day decisions we all have to make. There is an option for us to consider when we get to that time in our lives though and it is called a Lasting Power of Attorney. There are two types of power of attorney available and they are health and welfare and property and financial affairs. Although there are two types of power of attorney, you do not need to choose just one, you can decide to implement both. The first option when...

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Government shelves plans for online lasting powers of attorney

2nd September 2014 | Wills & Probate

The government has shelved its controversial plans for an online system for creating lasting powers of attorney (LPA). The decision follows concerns raised by the Law Society and others that a fully digital system could be open to fraud and abuse. LPAs enable you to nominate someone in advance to look after your affairs should you become incapable of doing so yourself at some point in the future. They have become increasingly popular in recent years as people plan to protect their...

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Court corrects costly error in family trust document

24th June 2014 | Wills & Probate

Family Rectify Costly Family Trust Document Error | Middletons Solicitors An extended family have been able to rectify a family trust document which would have prevented them benefiting in the way intended when the settlement was first drawn up. The case involved a farming business. The shares were originally held by a husband and wife team in the 1970s. The couple put a number of shares into a settlement in 1985. In 1994, they proposed a further settlement to hold the shares in...

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What Can I Do If I Have Been Excluded From A Will?

12th June 2014 | Wills & Probate

A Guide To The Options Available When Excluded From A Will | Middletons Solicitors Dealing with the emotions and grief of losing a loved one can be difficult to come to terms with, but this may be magnified if you feel that you have been unfairly excluded from your loved one’s Will. Many people do not discuss their Will with their family before they die, which can lead to misunderstandings when the Will is read. Yet, is there anything you can do if you have been excluded from a...

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