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Make Your Will Fortnight

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Fishers Dewes Solicitors’ Tamworth Office are participating in ‘Make Your Will Fortnight’ in support of St Giles Hospice. Our solicitors, who specialise in the drafting of wills, will be donating their time and expertise to clients...

Local solicitor warns changes to powers of attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk

Guy Birtwistle
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Local solicitor Guy Birtwistle from Fishers Dewes Solicitors based in Ashby de la Zouch & Tamworth has joined fellow members of Solicitors for the Elderly in warning against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital. An LPA is a...

Local Solicitor Defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

Guy Birtwistle
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Local solicitor Guy Birtwistle from Fishers Dewes Solicitors based in Ashby de la Zouch has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse. ...

10 Tips to Avoid Challenges to Your Will

Guy Birtwistle
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The number of will related disputes are on the rise as more and more people choose to challenge the wills of their relatives. One of the key considerations for any estate plan is to ensure your wishes have been made clear, and that your beneficiaries...

A New Inheritance Tax Allowance

Guy Birtwistle
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As you may be aware, individuals currently have an inheritance tax allowance of £325,000 and an unused allowance can be transferred to the surviving spouse. Legislation was introduced in the Summer Finance Bill 2015, published in July, to provide for...

Inheriting an ISA - The New Rules

Guy Birtwistle
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The investments of most people nowadays will include cash ISAs and/or stocks and shares ISAs. The benefits of holding these investments have recently increased. For the current tax year (2015/2016), the annual subscription allowance for ISAs is...

10 Steps to Protect Your Digital Assets

John Gillions
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In previous years gone by administering a person’s estate primarily involved making arrangements for their physical assets, such as property, jewellery, and cash in the bank or shares.  More recently, with our increasing reliance and day to day...

Shaking Up the Status Quo of Intestacy - The New Rules

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If you die without a Will then you are said to have died ‘Intestate’ and your estate will be distributed in accordance with the latest intestacy rules. These rules determine who should benefit from your estate. The rules were thought to...

Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney - Overlooked or Over-the-Top

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For those of you unfamiliar with Lasting Powers of Attorney they can be summarised as a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are too unwell to make those decisions for yourself. There are...

Inheritance Tax Planning - legitimate or immoral?

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The number of celebrities being caught up in ‘tax avoidance’ schemes has been widely publicised. However, recent statistics issued by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggest that Inheritance Tax (IHT) is no longer just a problem for the rich and...

Mind over matter?

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With care homes featuring frequently in the press and on the television the UK’s eye has been drawn to the rapidly increasing older population. Whilst in the 80’s a man would be estimated to live until the age of 84, a boy born today would have...

Where theres a Will... there doesn't have to be a family argument a (Hollywood Tale)

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I appreciate that although very few of us have the personal wealth to rival the rich and famous; when it comes to putting our affairs in order, we could learn a lot from their mistakes. Wills, or the lack of, have made for fascinating reading in the...