It is often not until someone discusses their wishes and affairs that they recognise the importance of a will. We frequently deal with families and...
    UK Top 200 law firm Porter Dodson, based across Somerset & Dorset, has appointed a new Managing Partner. Kate James takes on the role from Rob Fox,...
    In a controversial announcement made by the Government on 25 July 2020, wills witnessed via video link are to be legalised temporarily. As expected,...
    We recommend that everyone has a power of attorney in place. It will ensure that your affairs can be managed in the event you do not have capacity to...
    Below is a list of frequently asked questions about making or updating a will during the Covid-19 outbreak.
    No one is an any doubt that we are experiencing one of the most worrying and challenging times in a generation with the spread of the Coronavirus...
    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...
    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.
    Elderly Theft: Robbing the Relatives, which was broadcast on ITV1 on Thursday 30th November, certainly sets out in no uncertain terms the devastating...
    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 society,...
    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...
    Next month (April 2017) sees the introduction of a new inheritance tax allowance that is going to significantly improve the tax position of many...
    In August 2016, a family won their legal battle to overturn their brother’s will after it was found that the deceased, David Poole, did not know and...
    In February 2016, a woman won her legal battle to stop her partner’s share in their property passing to his estranged wife, but the matter did not...
    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 financial...
    On Wednesday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced in the summer budget that a special Inheritance Tax relief for family homes will be introduced...
    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...
    Last summer we were fortunate enough to see a wonderful array of family heirlooms when we hosted an antique valuation afternoon tea at Crowcombe...
    In October 2014, The Times wrote an article on the subject of unregulated will-writing. It stated that a legal watchdog report warned that tens of...
    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...
    With three-quarters of the UK population supporting charities over their lifetime, it’s easy to remember that there is a big difference between...
    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 set...
    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. ...
    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...