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  • Contested Wills - Executor and Trustee Disputes

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    Disputes between executors, beneficiaries and trustees can easily arise in the process of administering the estate of a loved one. It can be a burdensome process and people are oftensurprised...

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  • Contested Wills - Inheritance Act Claims

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    One of the most common disputes arising after the death of a loved one is that the will, or if there was no will, the intestacy rules fail to make...

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  • Contested Wills - Invalid Execution of a Will

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    One of the grounds for contesting a will is that it has not been validly executed in accordance with the formalities required under the Wills Act 1837. The Act provides...

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  • Contested Wills - Knowledge and Approval

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    A less commonly used ground for challenging the validity of the will is that the will maker lacked knowledge and approval of the contents of the will.There is a presumption...

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  • Contested Wills - Lack of Capacity

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    One of the most common grounds on which wills are challenged is that the will maker (testator) lacked testamentary capacity.For a will to be valid the testator must have the...

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  • Contested Wills - Negligence Claims

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    Solicitors and professional will writers owe a duty to their clients to provide their services with reasonable care and skill. That means the client is entitled to rely on them...

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  • Contested Wills - Statutory Wills, Deputyship Orders

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    When an elderly person starts to lose mental capacity, disputes can often arise between family members about how to manage that person’s affairs.Our team of both non-contentious and contentious lawyers...

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  • Contested Wills - Undue Influence

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    Even if a will has been validly executed in accordance with the formalities under the Wills Act 1837, there may still be grounds on which it can be challenged.One of...

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  • Wills, Probate and Trust Disputes Overview

    Wills, Tax & Probate

    The death of a loved one is always a difficult time and when disputes arise over the terms of a will or the actions of those administering the estate you...

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  • Maternity Rights

    Employment Law - Employers

    Every year approximately 400,000 working women give birth and within 9 months of birth over 50% of those women are back at work. In the early 1970’s only 9% of...

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  • Paternity Leave

    Employment Law - Employers

    The right to Paternity Leave is in addition to any rights for Shared Parental Leave (see our separate Legal Overview). Paternity Leave is intended to enable time off to help...

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  • Redundancy Pay

    Employment Law - Employers

    An applicant for a redundancy payment must have been continuously employed for a period of two years. Part time employment counts towards continuity in the same way as full time...

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  • Shared Parental Leave

    Employment Law - Employers

    Parents of babies due to be born or placed for adoption on or after 5th April 2015 now potentially have a right to Shared Parental Leave which aims to give...

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  • The National Minimum Wage

    Employment Law - Employers

    What is the National Minimum Wage? The National Minimum Wage is a minimum hourly rate of pay which a worker’s pay must not fall below. It became statute on 1st April...

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  • Unfair Dismissal

    Employment Law - Employers

    The laws surrounding the dismissal of employees often cause difficulties for employers and it is crucial that employers know when they can dismiss an employee and what procedures should be...

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  • Employee - Maternity Rights

    Employment Law - Employees

    Every year approximately 400,000 working women give birth and within 9 months of birth over 50% of those women are back at work. In the early 1970’s only 9% of...

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  • Employee - Paternity Leave

    Employment Law - Employees

    The right to Paternity Leave is in addition to any rights for Parental Leave – see our separate Legal Overview. Paternity Leave is intended to facilitate time to help care...

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  • Employee - Redundancy Pay

    Employment Law - Employees

    An applicant for a redundancy payment must have been continuously employed for a period of two years. Part time employment counts towards continuity in the same way as full time...

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  • Employee - Redundancy Procedures

    Employment Law - Employees

    After many years of economic growth and job security redundancy is now a word making headlines again. Redundancies can give rise to claims for unfair dismissal and in order to...

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  • Employee - Shared Parental Leave

    Employment Law - Employees

    Parents of babies due to be born or placed for adoption on or after 5th April 2015 now potentially have, if they are eligible, a right to Shared Parental Leave...

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  • Employee - Unfair Dismissal

    Employment Law - Employees

    The laws surrounding the dismissal of employees often cause difficulties for employers and it is crucial that employers know when they can dismiss an employee and what procedures should be...

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  • Employee - The National Minimum Wage

    Employment Law - Employees

    What is the National Minimum Wage? The National Minimum Wage is a minimum hourly rate of pay which a worker’s pay must not fall below. It became statute on 1st April...

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  • Employment Law Changes in April 2019

    Employment Law - Employers

    Employers and HR advisers may be familiar with April bringing employment law updates and an annual increase to certain payments and compensation caps. April 2019 brings several of the usual...

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  • Changing Contracts of Employment

    Employment Law - Employers

    In the current economic climate employers may decide that reducing employees’ pay or changing their roles may be a preferable course of action to making redundancies. People are often surprised to...

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  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Employment Law - Employers

    In April 2017 the Government is introducing its new apprenticeship scheme, which continues its commitment to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeships.Apprenticeship levy From 5th April 2017, large employers who spend...

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