For your family
It has been in the pipeline for a while now but the Government has finally published its response to the consultation on the proposals to change fees for Grants of Probate.
The Court of Appeal decision in the case of Ilott v Mitson (2015) received a considerable amount of media coverage earlier this year. On the face of it, this Court ruling makes it easier for adult children to challenge a will if they don’t believe their parents have made a reasonable provision for them.
From 17th August 2015 major changes were introduced in the way that EU countries deal with succession and if you have any connection with another EU country, you need to be aware of them.
The practical amongst us will already have a will in place, but what you might not have taken into account is how you gift your digital assets. Nowadays, with technology playing such a big part in our lives, careful thought should be given as to how and indeed what, if any, of our digital assets can be inherited by our family and friends.
The new government-backed 'Choice Not Chance' campaign encourages us all to consider our wishes and plan for the future. Planning for the future not only brings peace of mind to the individual, but to their loved ones too.
On 22 October the law changed to help children whose parents are separating to be the focus of new arrangements. Separation and divorce is a difficult time for the whole family, but from now on, families will be helped to find the best way to get through this transition ensuring that their children are protected from conflict and are allowed to enjoy their childhood.
The inevitable decline of any support for families undergoing separations or difficulties is continuing apace. The courts are inundated with litigants in person who are faced with representing themselves with little or no understanding of the law that they are hoping to invoke.
During the colder winter months, our children dress in an array of coats, snow suits, fleeces and rather stylish ponchos and it can become a habit to place them in the car seat with these added layers without a second thought. However, such a decision should not be taken lightly.