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The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]

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The impact of social media on your divorce

During a divorce, emotions run high. It’s an upsetting and stressful time. Social media can provide relief from the reality of your situation, but it’s important not to get carried away with online activity and to ensure that status updates and images posted online are not contradictory to anything which you seek to rely on in court or negotiations. You may want to tell the […]

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Is romance dead? (ask Beyonce!)

PGM Director and Solicitor, Paula Murphy provides an insight into the hot topic of post-nuptial agreements! …So, is romance dead? Well, if you are aged over 60, the answer is probably, no. Marriage rates among the over 65’s increased by almost a half between 2009 and 2014. This was at the same time as the marriage rate among the general population fell. I haven’t researched the […]

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Will the rise in Probate fees affect you?

The UK government has officially confirmed that probate fees in England and Wales will change in May 2017 to a banded system, where fees increase with the value of the estate, replacing the current flat fees. No fee will be payable for estates worth less than £50,000, but the charges will increase rapidly beyond that, rising to a maximum of £20,000 for estates above £2 […]

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Post-nuptial agreements – are they worthwhile?

There have been reports in the media of late regarding the popularity of the post-nuptial agreement.  The ‘post-nup’ is simply a version of the pre-nuptial agreement, but for existing married couples. Like pre-nups, post-nups are contracts drawn up by couples outlining how assets would be divided in the event of separation or divorce.  Unlike a pre-nup, they can be drawn up at any time after […]

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Too young to make a Will?

In your twenties or even thirties, making a Will isn’t always a top priority. Many claim they’re too young, they don’t own enough or they don’t have any children yet or they can’t afford it!  Furthermore, with the life expectancy of the average person in the UK at an all-time high, many think that a Will is something that you do when you are ‘old’. […]

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National Minimum Wage Regulations 2017

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 1 February 2017 and propose to increase rates including the standard adult rate, apprenticeship rate and accommodation offset limit of the National Minimum Wage on 1 April 2017. National Living Wage The NLW applies to workers aged 25 and over and is proposed to increase to £7.50 per hour from the current rate of […]

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10 things you should know about Flexible Working

The desire for more flexible working has been highlighted in the media recently, with reports of employees ditching the 9-5 for a more favourable work-life balance. Organisations are increasingly recognising the business benefits of a more flexible way of working. 1.What is flexible working? Flexible working is any working pattern other than the normal working pattern – it can involve changes to the hours an employee […]

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Challenging a Will

Challenging a Will is not a simple process. It is extremely complex and usually very demanding in terms of both time and money. However, due to the rise in people attempting to draft their own Wills – this action is becoming more common. Without professional legal advice many people make mistakes, which may mean the Will is more likely to be challenged by other potential […]

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The Importance of Making a Will

Making a Will is often something that gets forgotten about but everyone should have one. It is even more important if you have children, you own property or have savings, investments, insurance policies or you own a business. It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is provided […]

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