Fiona Dodd | Mayo Wynne Baxter

The Importance of Regulated Wills over Unregulated

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“Solicitors are expensive. Solicitors complicate things. That’s just a fact of life. We all know that. “Or do we? I have some lovely elderly clients, one of them is housebound, the other has medical issues and I first saw them about a year ago. We talked about their family, their children, their property, their hopes… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs…

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The British think of themselves as an animal loving nation believing that a house cannot be a home without at least one, and preferably two furry friends in occupation. But it was a Frenchman, Charles de Gaulle who said this, showing that perhaps we have more in common with our continental neighbours than we think!… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

To be or not to be?

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“To be, or not to be…married, that is the question”.  Shakespeare was a little more eloquent but if he’d been around on Valentine’s Day, he may have overheard one or two proposals, and read more than a few cards proclaiming his poetry. Shakespeare and his mastery of the English language have survived 400 or more… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Does charity always begin at home?

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Last week the papers and airwaves were full of outrage at the Court of Appeal decision in the long running matter of Mrs Jackson and her estranged daughter Mrs Ilott. From what I heard on the radio, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this case introduced a form of forced inheritance for children who are… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Death in the Digital Age

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When I started writing Wills, back in the dark ages, students checked libraries for information and pub quizzes were a test of memory, not stealth phone checking. I very clearly remember being taught how to send an email, and when the office got its first networked computer receiving about one message a week. Then the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Important Changes to the Rules of Intestacy

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The rules governing the distribution of someone’s estate where there is no Will have been unchanged for almost 90 years. Family structures, have however, changed significantly and in the last few years it bas become increasingly obvious that the structure needed an overhaul. The Intestacy and Trustees’ Powers Act 2013 aims to simplify this distribution…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The importance of updating your Will

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A Buckinghamshire man, Mr King, has just won a case in the high court against 7 charities for ownership of his late aunt’s property. Ms Fairbrother had made a Will in 1998 leaving her property to charity. However between then and the date of her death she handed over the deeds to her property to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Incorporating your funeral wishes into your will…

Appointing Executors

I recently had to organise the funeral of a client.  He was a very private gentleman, and devoted to his wife.  Sadly when he died, his wife was very ill in hospital and he had no close family, so the task fell on his friends, his priest and me to make the arrangements. We did… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

A day for romance

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Valentine’s day.  A day for romance, wine, roses and kindness.  As I type, my colleagues are busy delivering valentine’s treats round our offices in aid of Charity.  Naturally, the thoughts of those romantically inclined may turn to marriage. Now there is no better reason to get married than love, but for those of a practical… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Autumn Statement

George Osborne recently delivered his autumn statement to the House of Commons.  In years gone by, this was merely an updating exercise from the main event – the Budget which is usually delivered in the spring. Recently, with more and more desire to garner new headlines, and control the conversation, the Autumn Statement has taken… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)