Private Client Legal Blogs

Private client legal blogs, published by family lawyers and private client law firms, including posts regarding wealth management, managing your finances and investments, wills, estates and probate, in addition to general family law issues.

Choosing Your Chicago Estate Planning Lawyer

by Marc Bluementhal May 4, 2013 Business

Planning your estate may not be the most favorite thing on your “to-do” list, but if you have not yet met with a Chicago estate planning lawyer, it is probably time to make plans to get that one thing off the list. Obviously, the first step is choosing an Estate Planning Attorney Chicago who has […]

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Claims under the Inheritance Act

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 30, 2013 Blawg

It is widely thought that in England we are free to leave our property by Will to whomsoever we choose.  However, should you fail to adequately provide for those who relied on you, then some of those people may be able to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, if they […]

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Why a Deed of Trust is crucial for young couples starting on the housing ladder

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 25, 2013 Conveyancing

With the Government’s new initiatives on helping young couples start on the housing ladder, and the trend towards sharing the cost of mortgages with family or partners, it is becoming increasingly important to document what should happen if it all goes wrong.   Did one partner provide the deposit, if so should they get that […]

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Video Wills

by tyemason April 10, 2013 Estate Planning

The Wills Act 1837, which has equivalents in many Commonwealth countries, states that in order to be valid, a will must be correctly executed: it must be signed, dated and witnessed by two independent witnesses. The Act does not state, however, that a will must be written on paper, in a specific format or using […]

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Advice From Norwich Solicitors: An Introduction to Will Creation

by GordonDean April 9, 2013 Estate Planning

Having your will made up, while not the most cheerful of tasks, is an essential part of life. If you’re embarking on making a will, you’ve come to the right place for some sound advice. At my Norwich solicitors firm we try and help our clients save money, and protect your loved ones should the worst occur. […]

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Digital Assets and Probate

by tyemason February 28, 2013 Private Client

When someone sits down to write a will, they may begin with a list of their property, savings, shares, valuable items or household goods generally. Digital assets can often be overlooked when considering what to do when someone dies. Digital assets include files, folders and software you have on your computer and phone at home […]

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2007: George Osborne Promised A £1 Million Inheritance Tax Band, What Happened Next?

by GuestBlogger February 26, 2013 Inheritance Tax

At the Conservative party conference in 2007 the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, stood up and promised that anyone fortunate enough to have an estate valued at up to £1 million would not have to pay Inheritance Tax; this week any hopes that he would deliver on this promise were dashed. How does […]

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Junior ISA And Inheritance Tax

by GuestBlogger February 26, 2013 Inheritance Tax

Guest post regarding Junior ISAs and IHT. Junior ISAs are a tax efficient way of saving. Neither donors to a JISA or the holder have to pay tax on interest earned. Although the interest earned by a JISA is not subject to income tax, there may still be issues with the Inland Revenue. This is […]

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Winding up an estate – what do you need to know?

by Legal Author February 12, 2013 Private Client

Guest blog post from Gibson Kerr’s executry solicitors based in Edinburgh, Scotland about winding up an estate. Executry, intestacy, confirmation: big words that make the process of winding up a loved one’s estate just that bit more daunting. But don’t let the legal jargon put you off. The process it describes is, at its heart, […]

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Understanding “Probate”

by sequoialegal February 6, 2013 Probate

By the Nair Law Office (US law and generally) Probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, with the sole intent to transfer a decedent’s assets to the rightful heirs and beneficiaries. The estate is examined by a judicial authority to determine how to distribute the […]

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How to navigate real estate ownership research

by Lilly December 15, 2012 Estate Agency

When people are looking into residential home ownership, there are many things to be excited about such as decorating the house and moving in.  Commercial real estate investors have this feeling when preparing for new tenants. However, if you are part of either group, you should consider doing research into who owned the home before. […]

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Residential Accommodation Fees Explained

by GDeanNorwich September 10, 2012 Estate Planning

There is a large amount of confusion and controversy at the moment around the subject of fees for care homes. As fees for residential care continue to rise, more and more people are concerned that they may have to pay these from their capital, leaving little left for children and others to inherit. There are […]

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Solicitors Advice: Power of Attorney – an Explanation

by GDeanNorwich July 31, 2012 Power of Attorney

(Based on the laws of England & Wales and general legal information on Powers of Attorney). It is a common phrase, but when asked a good percentage of the population will most likely not be able to really give you the ins and outs of exactly what a ‘Power of Attorney’ is and just what […]

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Constructive trusts

by evolvedlegal July 12, 2012 Property Law

What is a Constructive Trust? A constructive trust is a trust that can be imposed on parties by the court at equity, if it is just and reasonable to do so. This prevents certain parties from being unjustly enriched, particularly where the other party cannot claim an interest because of legal technicalities. This form of […]

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It Might Never Happen… But Just in Case

by HighStreetLawyer February 3, 2012 Estate Planning

“And so it stays just on the edge of vision, A small, unfocused blur, a standing chill That slows each impulse down to indecision. Most things may never happen: this one will.”   Says Philip Larkin in his poem ‘Aubade’. He is referring to death but he could just as readily have been referring to […]

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5 Reasons to Guest Blawg

by Legal Author September 13, 2011 Accident Claims

A key component of blogging, guest blogging is, as the term suggests, where a blogger writes as a guest on another blogger’s blog. While this may be obvious, it may not be apparent to some why guest blogging can be useful. Here are 5 reasons why you may wish to increase your own or your […]

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