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FAB (Dorset) with Fordington Gin & Baboo Gelato
Last week we were delighted to relaunch our FAB (Dorset) forum at the Shire Hall in Dorchester. Local businesses, with an emphasis on those in the...
A Blustery Day at Wincanton Races
We were joined at Wincanton last week by clients and professional contacts for a day at the races. Despite placing an order for good weather, the...
Wine Tasting at Dorset Wine Company
Porter Dodson and Milsted Langdon were delighted to co-host a wine tasting evening at Dorset Wine Company in Poundbury on Wednesday 6th March.
Can siblings reduce Inheritance Tax?
The position of siblings under UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) law received further media coverage last week, prompted by the Utley sisters and also by a...
Personal Representative: Will I be personally liable?
It is likely that at some point either you, a family member or a friend will be appointed to act as a Personal Representative of an estate.
Always use professionals when choosing a Power of Attorney
Elderly Theft: Robbing the Relatives, which was broadcast on ITV1 on Thursday 30th November, certainly sets out in no uncertain terms the...
Estranged daughter awarded money in Wills dispute
An estranged adult child who, along with her siblings, had been disinherited from benefitting from her late father’s estate worth in the region of...
Will reform proposals: from paper to electronic?
It may come as a surprise but the laws governing Wills date back to 1837. In the last 150 or so years, there have been many changes within...
Is having a Power of Attorney a risk?
A retired senior judge, Mr Lush, has commented today warning about the risks of Powers of Attorney. Whilst his warnings are valid, the concern is...
Inheritance tax – will your family qualify?
Next month (April 2017) sees the introduction of a new inheritance tax allowance that is going to significantly improve the tax position of many...
Family successfully challenged validity of Will
A family have won their legal battle to overturn their brother’s Will after it was found that the deceased, David Poole, did not know and approve...
A costly reminder to make sure your affairs are in order
A woman has won her legal battle to stop her partner’s share in their property passing to his estranged wife.
Planning ahead with a Lasting Power of Attorney
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are becoming more popular as people plan ahead for a time when they may like or need assistance with their...
Summer budget 2015: an outline of the new Inheritance Tax relief for family homes
On Wednesday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced in the summer budget that a special Inheritance Tax relief for family homes will be...
Changes in the uses of deeds of variation
The Chancellor announced during the recent Budget that the government will review the uses of deeds of variation as these can currently be used to...
Making provisions in your Will for family heirlooms
Last summer we were fortunate enough to see a wonderful array of family heirlooms when we hosted an antique valuation afternoon tea at Crowcombe...
Worries over Wills and concerns over codicils: Should Will-writing be regulated?
Recently The Times wrote an article on the subject of unregulated Will-writing, stating that a legal watchdog report has warned that tens of...
Improved intestacy rules?
Having heard there would be a change to the law on 1st October governing the distribution of a person’s estate when they have died without a valid...
Support a charity in your Will
With three-quarters of the UK population supporting charities over their lifetime, it’s easy to remember that there is a big difference between...
Modern Will planning for the modern family
Making a Will has never been more important. The “traditional” family unit of Mum, Dad and 2.4 children is now merely one of the myriad of family...
Think you can do what you like in your Will? Think Again!
When thinking of making a Will, most of my clients assume that they can leave their estate to whomever they please and in any fashion they like. ...
Leaving money to charities in your Will not only benefits the charity
Making a Will is an important part of planning for the future and, for most, is hugely important in ensuring that their family and friends are...
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