News that the current Tory government has extinguished plans to massively increase probate fees before the upcoming election, has raised the possibility that the proposals could be completely scrapped.

Probate Solicitor in London and elsewhere were very vocal about the hugely controversial Ministry of Justice scheme to raise £300m a year extra by charging up to £20,000 for large estates was authorised by the justice secretary.

However, now that the Government has confirmed that the relevant form of legislation that allows a parliamentary act to be made or altered without a vote by MPs, will not now be completed before the election. Read More

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The attitude towards cohabitation has changed substantially in the past generation, and we at Pindoria Solicitors have said before how frustrating it is that often the law is playing catch up on life’s changes and this is certainly the case in this instance.

It seems clear from a recent survey showing that the majority of people in the UK believe that civil partnerships should be open to all couples.

The survey organisation Populus’s findings said 57 per cent of people surveyed believed that all couples should be allowed the right to obtain a civil partnership. Read More

Posted in Family Law

Never in history has there ever been a time when the passing on of wealth been so important to people’s lifestyles.

It’s probably something most of us with maturity in life are aware of, but especially so for those of us who make our lives here in the South East of England and London, which is unquestionably one of the most exciting places in the world to live, but also one of the most expensive.

Illustrating this issue a recent BBC online feature has shown how those born into an affluent family have a greater advantage over those who don’t. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

There was much publicity over the recent battle of a woman to get an increased sum of her mother’s estate, following a battle with three well-known animal charities.

As wills and trusts experts in London, we at Pindoria Solicitors had a special interest in the case of Heather Ilott who had been left out of her mother’s Will.

She had been awarded more than £160,000 by the Court of Appeal in 2015 after her mother, Melita Jackson, with whom she had nothing to do with, left most of her £486,000 fortune to charities. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

Being the world city that London is, changes to inheritance tax, which have gone largely unnoticed by the media, are set to have a considerable effect on many of its inhabitants. The new rules effective from May mean that those inheriting estates over £2 million will pay hugely increased probate fees of up to £20,000 following a proposal from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Now, with the new rules about to come upon us only estates with a value under £50,000 won’t incur a charge. The changes will see a sliding scale of charges for probate fees. It had cost just £215 or £155 if you were assisted by a solicitor. Now though, an estate worth between £500,000 and £1m will attract a £4,000 fee. Read More

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In an era where imitation is rife, the requirement for companies to protect the uniqueness of their goods has never been so needed.

It’s been the case for many centuries – traders have put symbols or marks on their products to indicate their origin, and it was not until the Trade Marks Registration Act 1875 that it was possible to register trade marks for any type of goods.

With the changing face of the commercial landscape it was still over 111 years later in 1986, before it was possible to register marks for services. Read More

Posted in Legal News

Buying and selling property has always been a demanding process for all the parties involved. It seems a price is agreed for a property, and then the waiting game begins, where often nothing seems to happen for a good length of time, and understandably frustrations can mount.

As conveyancing solicitors in London we are acutely aware of this issue and to be honest much of the time there is no excuse for extensive delays. Read More

Posted in Conveyancing

Being property lawyers in London we watch with great interest all developments in the property market and a new report stating that bricks and mortar are at their slowest rate since 2013 really is par for the course.

House seller Rightmove’s statistics show prices sought by sellers had only increased by two per cent in the month to February 11, showing that the market seems to still be in a very stable place.

After all, we still have a growing property market and this is welcome in this time of uncertainty following the fallout after the Brexit vote last summer.

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Posted in Conveyancing

The legal world has been shocked recently by the sad news that of one of the UK’s most respected legal figures took his own life after being diagnosed with dementia.

Sir Nicholas Wall was a pioneering former head of the family courts in England and Wales, who championed rights for unmarried couples and transparency about court fees. Read More

Posted in Private Wealth

A government decision to remove the time limit for evidence that will make it easier for domestic violence victims to qualify for legal aid has been welcomed by the legal profession.

Domestic violence in London and everywhere else in the UK is something, which is such a difficult issue to solve that we at Pindoria Solicitors are pleased that this move will help many suffering the physical and mental scars of this dark side of family law.

After reviewing current evidence arrangements for accessing legal aid in private family cases, the current five-year time limit will be removed completely the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. Read More

Posted in Family Law
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