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Corporate transparency and register reform coming soon

In May 2019, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced it would be consulting on its intention to reform and enhance the role of Companies House, a move which aims to increase the transparency of UK corporate entities and help to combat economic crime.

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Delays to grant of probate applications

Probate registries across England and Wales are currently experiencing long delays to obtaining grants of probate and letters of administration following rollout of new software.

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Estate planning when you don’t have children

We often talk about the importance of making a Will and planning for the future when you have children, but if you don’t have children it is equally important to ensure your affairs are in order should something happen to you. Some people may believe this is only important if you are wealthy, but everyone should have an estate plan, and here are some of the things you might want to consider.

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Criminal investigation launched over Gosport War Memorial Hospital deaths

The relatives of hundreds of patients who died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital following the use of opioid painkillers have been told a full police investigation will begin, which is likely to take nine months.

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Should I make a Business Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

What is an LPA?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the legal document which enables you to nominate one or more trusted people (attorney/s) to make important decisions on your behalf should you become mentally or physically incapable of doing so. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, one for Property and Financial Affairs, and one for Health and Welfare. For more information on Lasting Powers of Attorney generally, please click here.

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Abuse Victims Find Strength After Law Change

The government decision to abolish the ‘same roof’ rule, which has prevented hundreds of victims of abuse before 1979 receiving any form of compensation if they lived with their attacker at the time of the incident, has given a chance of justice to victims of historic childhood abuse.

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Ready for No-Fault Divorce

With news from the Ministry of Justice that legislation which allows married couples to divorce without blaming each other is ready for Parliament, the ‘No Fault Divorce’ movement is celebrating a significant moment in its campaign.

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Stepping up to the challenge of the sale board

Those thinking about Spring and the changes it may bring are likely to be focused on the countdown towards the Brexit deadline of 29th March, but there are also homeowners, estate agents and solicitors up and down the country who are wondering whether to expect the traditional upsurge in the property market in April and May.

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Should I make a Will after I have had a baby?

You've bought the crib, you've decorated the nursery, you've chosen baby names. It's an exciting time when you have a baby on the way and there is a huge amount to think about. But have you thought about making a Will? Nearly two thirds of adults don't have a Will in place, but if you've had a baby, it is one of the most important things you can do.

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What rights do absent parents have if they come back into a child's life after several years' away?

The concept of a traditional family unit has changed, and, in some situations, this can give rise to problems. Figures from 2016 suggest that not only does it have a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of the family unit, but it has a financial impact too. According to the Relationships Foundation’s report ‘The Cost of Family Failure Index’, the economic impact of family breakdown in 2016 was higher than the UK defence budget, at an astonishing £48billion. That breaks down to an individual cost for each and every taxpayer of £1,820.

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