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A point in our favour if you’re considering remortgaging, equity release, or a transfer of equity is the fact that we’re on the panel for the majority of high street lenders. When the consent of your lender is required, this is a key advantage.
The law on dissolving a civil partnership mirrors that of divorce law with one exception: you cannot petition upon the grounds of adultery.
When separating, divorcing or upon dissolution of a civil partnership reaching a good financial settlement is vital.
Frequently referred to as a Living Will, an Advance Decision is a written statement indicating that in the event of a terminal illness, mental incapacity or permanent unconsciousness, you do not wish to be kept alive by artificial means or have your life prolonged by certain medical treatment.
Whatever the size of the estate, there is always the possibility of complex, emotional and drawn out disputes regarding Wills. Equally, where a Will hasn’t been made, the laws of intestacy may fail to protect the family of the deceased. Whatever your situation, we’re here for you.
In an ideal world, when someone you care for becomes incapable of managing their own affairs they will have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. If they don’t, an application needs to be made to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy to handle that individual’s property and financial concerns.
When you pass away, you want to leave your loved ones as much of your wealth as possible. However, with Inheritance Tax (IHT) charged at 40% on estates worth more than £325,000, IHT can take a significant slice out of anything you wish to bequeath family and friends.
Have you considered what might happen if accident, illness or old age left you incapable of making decisions, and you didn’t have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in place? The answer is that someone would have to apply to the Court of Protection to be allowed to mange your assets on your behalf.
The good news is that most of us are living longer. The less welcome news is that these extra years can cost us more in terms of paying for care, potentially leaving our children with little or no inheritance. Even when leaving an inheritance isn’t the number one priority, protecting your independence, dignity and self-respect is surely high on the agenda.
Making a Will is something many of us put off, continually pushing it to the back of our minds because we’d rather not think about what’s going to happen when we die. Which is understandable. However a Will is the single most important legacy you can leave your loved ones.
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11 February 2019
Planning a Valentines Day Proposal? What’s the legal difference?
At this romantic time of year, many couples get that warm fuzzy feeling and decide to take their relationships to the next level. Whether you’re planning to pop the question or saying a teary-eyed yes, be sure to know how your legal rights will change after the big day.
5 January 2019
The New Year Divorce Peak – 10 practical tips
It is a sad reality that the New Year brings about a peak in separations and applications for divorce and dissolution of civil partnership.
11 December 2018
Can I sell the deceased’s home before receiving grant of probate?
When administering an estate, the to-do list can be daunting. So can initiating the sale of the deceased’s property be started early? Karen Bacon explains what can and can’t be done.
22 August 2018
Divorce and the family business – could the collaborative approach help?
Divorce is rarely a positive experience but when there is a family business involved, the emotional and financial costs have a wider impact. It is generally best for everyone if the business continues in some way - it’s a valuable income generating asset after all. But how do you deal with the emotional pain of separation and keep the business running?
8 August 2018
Two Steeles Law solicitors on The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Senior Director Nigel Lubbock and Head of the Business Law Team Oliver Brabbins have received recognition on The Legal 500 Hall of Fame.
1 January 2019
FREE Family Legal Advice Consultations in Diss
Do you really know your rights when your relationship breaks down?