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Expected growth in charitable gifts in Wills

Posted on 21st August 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Probate & Wills, Coronavirus Pandemic

Long-term, the forecasts are that charitable gifts will continue to grow, from £2.9 billion in 2019 to around £3.5 billion in 2024.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Further Extension on Stay to Possession Proceedings

Posted on 21st August 2020 in Affordable Housing

We have been hearing rumblings, shortly before lunch time today, that the stay on possession proceedings was being extended.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Probate Registry service delays

Posted on 13th August 2020 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The probate service is under pressure due to the number of enquiries checking on the progress of cases and asking general questions. They had been in the middle of a restructuring when the pandemic hit, potentially adding to the current pressure on them.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Is your company or charity holding an AGM over the coming weeks?

Posted on 12th August 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Company & Commercial, Coronavirus Pandemic

Recent legislation has been introduced to relax corporate governance requirements, in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Deputy’s Power to Cease Acting

Posted on 12th August 2020 in Later Life Planning

In all cases, where a Deputy no longer wishes to act, the Court of Protection will consider what is in the persons best interests before making a decision as to whether the Deputy may step down from their role.

Posted by

Sarah Phillips

Chartered Legal Executive

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The Office for National Statistics latest analysis related to the pandemic

Posted on 10th August 2020 in Later Life Planning

The Office for National Statistics have issued their latest analysis of the pandemic which states that the number of deaths involving COVID-19 registered in England and Wales in the week ending 24 July 2020 was 217. This is 2.4% of all deaths in that week, with a total of 8,891 deaths having been registered.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Digital Lasting Powers of Attorney

Posted on 03rd August 2020 in Later Life Planning

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has launched a digital ‘Use a Lasting Power of Attorney’ tool to help make attorneyship administration simpler and safer for those involved.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Possession claims during Covid

Posted on 30th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

With the stay in possession proceedings ending on 24 August 2020 there is renewed uncertainty for the future.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor

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Face Coverings in court buildings

Posted on 29th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

As of Monday 27 July 2020, those attending Court buildings will be required to wear a face covering in the communal areas. This applies to lawyers, representatives of Landlords and to tenants.

Posted by

Jenny Lloyd

Associate and Solicitor

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Redundancy advice for employers during Covid

Posted on 29th July 2020 in Employment

Even though the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme runs until to 31 October, many employers are having to make difficult decisions about the future of their businesses which can include making redundancies. Now is the time to make these difficult decisions, whilst furlough funding is still available from the government which can be used towards notice periods.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Why do I need a H&W LPA if my next of kin can make choices for me?

Posted on 28th July 2020 in Later Life Planning

Many of us believe that our next of kin will automatically be able to make medical decisions for us if something unfortunate were to happen, but this isn’t entirely true.

Posted by

Sasha Brennan

Solicitor

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What is the difference between EPAs and LPAs?

Posted on 28th July 2020 in Later Life Planning

LPAs came into place in 2007, but before then Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) were available instead. There is no need to worry if you have an EPA, rather than an LPA, as correctly made EPAs are still perfectly valid.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor