Excess Money-Gifting

2022-03-21T16:31:02+00:00April 29th, 2021|

Pandemic could lead to excess money gifting The events of the last year have of course given rise to well-documented stories of personal tragedy and hardship. However, there has been one unintended consequence of the situation that has started to receive more attention as we progressively move towards a more normal time. Official figures have [...]

Concerns Around The Government’s LPA Tool

2022-03-21T15:57:35+00:00March 5th, 2017|

Concerns Around The Government’s Lasting Powers of Attorney Tool Stone Rowe Brewer solicitors, with offices in Twickenham and Teddington, have joined a number of organisations representing older and vulnerable people to raise serious concerns around the Government’s online tool for creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). An LPA is a powerful legal document [...]

Calls For Greater Domestic Violence Protection For Victims

2017-09-27T09:44:47+01:00February 14th, 2017|

Calls For Greater Domestic Violence Protection For Victims The justice secretary, Liz Truss (pictured), has arranged an emergency domestic abuse review to investigate ways of banning perpetrators from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system. The minister has responded to a Guardian newspaper feature, which exposed how women are being confronted and [...]

Living With Dementia: Awareness Week

2022-03-21T15:07:26+00:00May 16th, 2016|

Living With Dementia: Dementia Awareness Week Throughout the month of May, the BBC have been broadcasting a series of programmes focusing on dementia – broadcasting inspirational stories and offering help and advice on an illness that affects 800,000 people across the UK. Angela Rippon also explores the Truth About Dementia, investigating the disease that took her mother's life and [...]

Your Will: Deeds of Variation

2022-03-21T16:26:38+00:00May 1st, 2016|

Deeds of Variation with Your Will When a Will is made it can be difficult to predict what changes may happen to a family in the future, and it is even harder to predict changes in the law. Fortunately, all is not lost if a Will is no longer fit for purpose, or if the [...]

Duties and Liabilities of Trustees

2017-09-21T14:00:38+01:00April 15th, 2016|

Duties and Liabilities of Trustees There has been significant case law in recent years regarding the duties and liabilities of trustees when faced with decisions regarding whether to sell or retain land, incur expenditure on repairs or to take legal action (Brudenell-Bruce v Moore [2014], Jeffrey v Gretton [2011], Cotton v Earl of Cardigan [2014] [...]

Pension Schemes – Tax Implications Upon Death

2022-03-21T16:48:41+00:00April 14th, 2016|

Tax Implications for Pensions upon Death Major changes to tax charges that apply to benefits paid on the death of someone who was a pension scheme member took effect in April 2015. It is now extremely important that those who are members of pension schemes have a nomination form or letter of wishes in place [...]

‘Common-law’ Wife Risks Losing Her Home

2022-03-21T14:56:33+00:00February 11th, 2016|

Estranged Wife Risks Losing Her Home A court case going through the Central London County Court has highlighted once again the difficulties cohabitees face when one partner dies and there is a dispute over their assets. Although Joy Williams had lived with her partner, Norman Martin, for nearly two decades, Mr Martin had never divorced [...]