Many will have read a disturbing tale on Daily Mail Online recently indicating that up to 1.5 million people have been sold overpriced wills by our high street banks.
In the 1990’s and early 21st century some banks were offering will writing services and free wills provided that you banked with them or offered wills at a discounted rate compared to those offered by solicitors, traditionally the bastions of this area of expertise.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are looking at offshore assets with a new focus meaning that those with money in such schemes have to be aware that there is a heightened level of scrutiny.
The new legislation creates an obligation for taxpayers to disclose to HMRC any non-reported offshore taxable amounts by 30 September 2018.
A hetrosexual couple have won their case to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage. This ruling could significantly change the formation of ‘family’ as we currently know it.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, deeply opposed marriage at a core level as it “treated women as property for centuries”. They wanted their children to see them as equal partners and felt that a civil partnership was the best route for them as “a modern and symmetrical institution”.
In recent weeks it’s been widely publicised that the much-loved Sir Bruce Forsyth left his multi-million-pound fortune to his widow in a bid to avoid inheritance tax.
Sir Bruce, who died aged 89 last year, bequeathed the £11.7 million sum to his third wife, Wilnelia Merced.
Never being ones to shirk away from the good and the bad in the legal world, we at Pindoria Solicitors have decided to talk about the darker characters who do their utmost to ruin the good name of our profession.
A raft of recent stories in the legal press about dishonest lawyers means that on behalf of the majority, who always set out to do the best job we can, we at Pindoria want to say our bit.
The housing market is always a strong indicator of the country’s economy and with that in mind, it is good to see a recent survey showing conveyancers in the UK to be very busy.
There are no signs of crashing markets as conveyancers were kept on their toes at the start of the year, according to the latest market tracker by search company Search Acumen.
Civil partnerships look to be consigned to history by the Government as figures indicate the union has been virtually wiped out by the introduction of same-sex marriage in recent years.
Like all good law firms in London, we at Pindoria Solicitors were intrigued to hear the Equalities Office announce that it would consult on the future of civil partnerships.
In recent weeks, one of Britain’s best known actors has disclosed she is battling Alzheimer’s disease, which makes us consider the effects such conditions have on loved ones.
For those of us in London, the news about Barbara Windsor is especially sad. She is born and bred in the capital, and for two decades until relatively recently was a lynchpin of EastEnders.
In England and Wales, in order to apply for a divorce, a person has to establish that the marriage has broken down due to one of five factors. Three of these factors require a period of separation. The other two are adultery or unreasonable behaviour. This ‘fault based’ approach is seen by some as archaic. Resolution, an association of family lawyers, believe that change is needed particularly following the current case of Mrs Tini Owens.
A recent case has shown how domestic violence is still prominent in today’s society despite all the deterrents in place and the awareness surrounding it.
Mr Alex Keel and Ms Jordan Worth were in a relationship from the age of 16 years old (until 22 years old). Such was the abuse that Keel had suffered that Worth was sentenced to seven and a half years by Luton Crown Court. The abuse started from the time the relationship started.