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Executors often ask, 'When is it safe to distribute an estate?' It is a very important question as there can be serious consequences for an executor who gets it wrong, including personal liability. In this article contentious probate solicitor, Chris Holten looks at a recent case of an executor who has found himself in hot water and how such problems can be avoided. A professional executor has recently been fined £15,000. His mistake?  Allowing a distribution from an estate. The estate is question was subject to a...

Finalists for the CILEx National Awards include our own Jasmine Moxey-Butler Jasmine, a member of our personal injury team based at the firm's Taunton office, was obviously overjoyed by the news, but she isn't getting carried away just yet. "Its a strong field," she said. "The list includes some very able and impressive lawyers who have achieved great things on the national stage and I am simply honoured to be included in that company." The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives National Awards 2019 celebrate 'the best...

Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne meets celebrity chef Michael Caines at charity launch Last night (1/7/19) saw the launch of the prestigious Calvert Trust Exmoor Business Club, hosted by one of the Trust’s ambassador and award winning chef, Mr Michael Caines MBE. The Calvert Trust is a wonderful charity whose mission is to "…enable people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of adventurous activities in the countryside." The Trust relies solely on donations and fundraising in order to survive and...

Slee Blackwell's award winning abuse lawyer Elizabeth Duncan appeared on Charlie Taylor's breakfast show on BBC Radio Somerset this morning (24 May 2019) to discuss the case of convicted pedophile Bob Higgins. Higgins abused boys over a period of 25 years while working as a youth football coach for clubs like Southampton FC. Using his position as a 'star maker' Higgins was able to gain access to his young victims who believed he could make their dreams of becoming a professional footballer come...

Divorce solicitor Paul Jordan responds to the frequently asked question, "What are my rights if my name is not on the deeds when I'm getting divorced?" Most married couples who own a house will have both their names on the title deeds, or the registered title as it is now known. However, for a variety of reasons this isn't always the case and there is a significant proportion of cases where only the name of one spouse is registered. This doesn't usually...

"Can I reduce the maintenance I pay my ex?" is a question that solicitor Paul Jordan frequently hears. Paul specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation and in this article he looks at whether maintenance payments made to a former spouse under a ‘joint lives’ order can ever be reduced. The courts often make what are known as ‘joint lives’ maintenance orders on divorce. This requires you to pay maintenance to your ex until one of you die, or...

We are delighted to announce that Slee Blackwell Solicitors are headline sponsors of the North Devon Hospice Nightwalk 2019. Nightwalk is the Hospice's annual ladies moonlight walk along the Tarka Trail. It is North Devon's biggest fundraising event in terms of scale and funds raised, and is scheduled to take place on Saturday 18th May this year. The walk features routes of 3, 7 and 11 miles, so you can pick the one that suits you best. It finishes in both Barnstaple and...

A boundary dispute can be very expensive, but that needn't be the case. Specialist boundary dispute solicitor David Paull looks at strategies for keeping legal costs to a minimum and suggests how to protect yourself against the risk of a costs order being made against you. A boundary disputes can be expensive to take to court and very often the legal costs will be disproportionate to the value of the land in dispute. This problem was recently highlighted by a court case where a home owner, who had...

The Great Slee Blackwell Croquet Challenge has been won by local estate agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt for the 3rd year running. This year’s event was in aid of Age UK Somerset, a charity that does so much valuable work for elderly people in Somerset. Phil Dolan of Age UK Somerset, whose own team finished as runners-up, expressed his thanks to Slee Blackwell and the other businesses that took part in the competition for raising much needed funds for the charity. “I think many...