Who inherits my estate if I die intestate? The intestacy rules and the recent increase to the statutory legacy to a spouse or civil partner

Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP The Lord Chancellor has increased the fixed amount, also known as the “statutory legacy”, that a spouse or civil partner will receive under the intestacy rules where the intestate is survived by their spouse or civil partner and issue from £250,000 to £270,000. The order came into effect [...]

By |2020-02-21T18:22:20+01:00February 21st, 2020|Latest, Private Client|Comments Off on Who inherits my estate if I die intestate? The intestacy rules and the recent increase to the statutory legacy to a spouse or civil partner

Property Fraud Alert Service

HM Land Registry has launched a Property Fraud Alert Service in order to help prevent property fraud. The service functions by sending out an email notification each time there is any significant activity logged by HM Land Registry in relation to a property. This could be as dramatic as the Land Registry receiving an [...]

By |2019-04-10T15:48:19+01:00April 10th, 2019|Latest, News/Blog, Property|Comments Off on Property Fraud Alert Service

Probate Fee Increase Update

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have confirmed that new probate fees expected to come into force on 1 April 2019 have been delayed due to Brexit talks. The  proposed probate fees were set to rise from a flat fee of £215, or £155 for solicitor applications, to the following based on the size of [...]

By |2019-04-03T10:45:41+01:00April 3rd, 2019|Latest, News/Blog, Private Client|Comments Off on Probate Fee Increase Update

CASE LAW UPDATE: Bankruptcy

SHOULD A BANKRUPTCY ORDER BE MADE WHERE THE DEBT IS BELOW THE STATUTORY LIMIT OF £5,000.00 AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING OF THE PETITION ACUMENDIA LIMITED V. JENIRAJ KALAICHANDRAN [2018] This is a decision of a first instance District Judge in the County Court at Central London where the debtor did not attend.  It [...]

By |2019-02-06T17:15:20+01:00February 6th, 2019|Dispute Resolution, Firm news, Latest|Comments Off on CASE LAW UPDATE: Bankruptcy

THE MYTH OF THE COMMON LAW SPOUSE

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a common law marriage.  In fact, common law marriage has not had any legal applicability in England since the 16th century. Despite this, nearly two-thirds of cohabiting couples mistakenly believe that if they live together and are in a relationship for long enough, particularly [...]

By |2019-01-31T15:27:21+01:00January 31st, 2019|Family, Latest, News/Blog|Comments Off on THE MYTH OF THE COMMON LAW SPOUSE

CHRISTMAS PARTY WARNING FOR EMPLOYERS

On 11th October 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement that a company should be held vicariously liable for the actions of its Managing Director following an assault during post-Christmas party drinks held at a hotel in 2011. Mr Bellman was an employee of the Defendant and his attacker, Mr John Major, [...]

By |2018-10-15T12:20:07+01:00October 15th, 2018|Employment, Latest, News/Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on CHRISTMAS PARTY WARNING FOR EMPLOYERS

ENFORCING AN ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF MONEY

The obtaining of a money judgment from the Courts against a debtor can often be a long and drawn out process. However, once a judgment debt has been obtained against a debtor, this does not guarantee that the debtor will settle the debt ordered by the Court. Thankfully there are various methods available to a [...]

By |2018-10-12T15:04:34+01:00October 12th, 2018|Dispute Resolution, Latest, News/Blog|Comments Off on ENFORCING AN ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF MONEY

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS FOR HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES

Theresa May announced this week that heterosexual couples will soon be able to enter into a civil partnership, a union previously restricted to same sex couples. This follows the Supreme Court unanimously ruling on 27th of June this year that restricting civil partnerships to same sex couples was discriminatory and incompatible with European Law. [...]

By |2018-10-15T12:21:08+01:00October 3rd, 2018|Family, Latest, News/Blog|Comments Off on CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS FOR HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES