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Our team of specialist Court of Protection solicitors are here to help We have a team of Court of Protection solicitors who can assist with a range of issues, from deputyship applications to attorney disputes. You can call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 or email us. Alternatively, why not visit our dedicated Court of Protection website which contains more in-depth information about this specialist area of law. What is the Court of Protection? The Court of Protection makes decisions on financial...

Making an advance decision Our fee for preparing a bespoke advance decision document for you is £120 plus VAT. We can also prepare a Will and/or Power of Attorney to compliment it. For further details call 0808 139 1606 or email us at [email protected] It can be difficult to discuss our wishes surrounding life-sustaining treatment with our loved ones, but if we don't do so then we might find that it is too late. Preparing a document known as an 'advance decision'...

What is Business Property Relief ? Business Property Relief can reduce the value of a business when calculating how much Inheritance Tax has to be paid. It was introduced to prevent the need for businesses to be sold in order to pay Inheritance Tax when an owner dies It is therefore important that business owners are aware of this valuable relief and take full advantage of it. This brief guide highlights the key principles involved with Business Property Relief, though because of its complexities it is...

Delay in applying for a grant of probate can be costly The Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the number of applications for probate falling, despite the death rate increasing. While delay in winding up the affairs of a loved one might be understandable in such exceptional circumstances, it is important that people are aware of the financial dangers this can pose. Although there is no time limit on applying for a grant of probate, there are nevertheless important deadlines, which if missed can have...

A power of attorney can save you tax   To discuss making a Lasting Power of Attorney or utilising the tax advantages of an LPA call us on freephone 0808 139 1606 or send us an email.   It is recommended that everyone makes a Lasting Power of Attorney LPA. They have many advantages, but one benefit people often overlook is the fact that a power of attorney can save you tax. Liability for inheritance tax (IHT) is usually best mitigated while we are still...

The times they are a-changin'. Devon Wills Solicitor, Emma Napper, looks at the new rules for witnessing a Will remotely The rules on witnessing a Will have been around a very long time;  183 years to be precise. In recent times there has been a growing clamour to bring the rules up to date with the digital times in which we live. However, those demands have been resisted. Until now. The impact of coronavirus on our lives has been far-reaching and its presence...

Changes to the UK Intestacy Rules 2020. The Intestacy Rules will determine who is entitled to your estate if you die without a valid Will. If you feel that the Intestacy Rules have failed to make adequate financial provision for you then call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 for a free case assessment or send us an email. A Will sets out how a person wants their estate to be distributed when they pass away. If there is...

It's 'business as usual' for probate during COVID-19 at Slee Blackwell Solicitors Our probate lawyers are maintaining a full service during the COVID-19 crisis and are here to help if you need legal assistance in dealing with a loved one's affairs. During these unprecedented times many people have been forced to face up to the reality of a loved one passing away. It's always a difficult time, particularly when the event is unexpected and people, quite understandably, are often hesitant about dealing with...

Chris Green, a solicitor specialising in contested Wills, looks at witnessing a Will during social distancing With the current lockdown and restrictions in place due to COVID-19, a major question has arisen over witnessing a Will during social distancing and whether it is still possible to execute a valid Will at this time. The legal formalities for a valid Will to be made are set out in the Wills Act 1837, a piece of legislation which is over 180 years old. Amongst those...

If you are involved with the Court of Protection, you can appoint Slee Blackwell as a professional deputy.   Slee Blackwell Solicitors have a specialist Court of Protection team. If you require further information about the Court of Protection you can visit our dedicated website here. Alternatively you can call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send us an email.   What is a deputy? When someone loses mental capacity and they have not made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) then...