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How a gift can fail for uncertainty and common examples

How a gift can fail for uncertainty and common examples

As will drafters, we must ensure that gifts are not drafted in a vague manner and that it is certain who the beneficiary of that gift is and what the subject matter of the gift is. If it is uncertain, court proceedings may be required to determine what the Testator intended and ultimately it could … Read moreHow a gift can fail for uncertainty and common examples

Lasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

Lasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

The international enforcement of Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) abroad, and similar foreign protective measures here, can be a complex area but it is an issue that is becoming more common. Where there is an international element to a donor’s arrangements, it is vital that their situation is clarified as soon as possible. If clarification … Read moreLasting Powers of Attorney—Cross Border Concerns

LPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

LPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

When an LPA is sent to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for registration, a registration fee is payable. At the time of writing, this is £82 per document. However, certain donors may be entitled to apply for a reduced fee or even complete exemption from the fee due to their financial circumstances. In … Read moreLPAs: Qualifying for Remission or Exemption

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill – Organ Donation Rules are Changing in England

Organ Donation

The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill has passed its final hurdle in Parliament and is now waiting for a date to receive Royal Assent. Due to this, this is now a good time to remind you what the current opt-in rules for organ donation are, and what the new opt-out rules will be. There currently … Read moreOrgan Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill – Organ Donation Rules are Changing in England

RNRB Downsizing Provisions

RNRB

When introducing the Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB), the government did not want to either disincentivise downsizing or worsen the position of those who do downsize. Provisions were therefore designed to ensure that a person who and downsizes is not worsened by this decision. The downsizing provisions are simple in brief but impenetrable in detail. … Read moreRNRB Downsizing Provisions

Letters of Wishes—What WillPack can do for you

Letters of Wishes - What WillPack can do for you

A letter of wishes is simply a non-binding letter, stored with the will, that states certain desires of the client. They have a variety of different uses. This article is intended to show what clients could be doing with letters of wishes, and how WillPack can assist with this. Letters of Wishes for Trusts Letters … Read moreLetters of Wishes—What WillPack can do for you

1975 Act Special Guidelines

1975 Act Special Guidelines

As well as the general guidelines under S3(1) Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the 1975 Act) in last week’s article that the courts must consider in all cases, S3(2)-(4) cover special guidelines that the courts must consider for each different class of applicants under the 1975 Act. Spouses/Civil Partners (including judicially separated … Read more1975 Act Special Guidelines