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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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6 January 2020
The New Year Divorce Peak – 10 practical tips
At the beginning of each New Year many couples decide to separate and applications for divorce and dissolution of civil partnership peak.
19 December 2019
Christmas Wine Tasting with Steeles Law
On Thursday 5th December, members of the Business Law Team played host to our Christmas Wine Tasting at The Halls, the most complete medieval friary complex surviving in this country. It has been welcoming visitors since passing into civic hands in 1538.
21 November 2019
Cohabitee Awareness Week
There is no such thing as a common law marriage.
11 November 2019
Steeles Law recruits a new family law team
We are delighted to announce that Sally Harris and Sally Briggs recently joined Steeles Law bringing over 25 years’ legal experience in the Family Law sector.
4 November 2019
‘Chambers UK 2020’ lawyer rankings released
Steeles Law celebrates Chambers UK rankings with Managing Director and Principal Solicitor, Oliver Brabbins retaining his band 1 lawyer ranking against some impressive competition in the East Anglia region.