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July 2019

  • 15

    Beecham: Who Gives The Orders Now?

    John is betrayed and in trouble; unable to run his business, or home, who will do it for him? Would it have helped to have a Lasting Power of Attorney?
  • 12

    Tfs Stores Ltd V Bmg (ashford) Limited Et Al [2019] Ewhc

    There is more to the recent high court case of TFS Stores Ltd v BMG (Ashford) Limited et al [2019] EWHC, than immediately meets the eye.
  • 12

    Iht Exemptions – It Pays To Take Advice Early

    Hauke Harrack, a Senior Solicitor in Hewitsons’ Private Wealth team, was recently instructed on an estate where the deceased made numerous lifetime gifts in the seven years before her death, totaling around £1.3m.
  • 12

    Hewitsons Makes Multimillion-pound Merger Possible

    Two prestigious footwear companies have completed a multi-million pound merger thanks to assistance from law firm Hewitsons.
  • 11

    Hewitsons Sponsors Midnight Boogie In Milton Keynes

    This Saturday the MK Midnight Moo’s 6th mile will get into the “disco” spirit with the inclusion of a silent disco.
  • 09

    John Beecham – Who Would Argue Over His Estate If He Is Killed?

    John Beecham has had a number of dangerous encounters and injuries already in his life. If he dies, will there be an argument over his estate?
  • 08

    How Easy Is It To Contest A Will?

    Hewitsons are regularly consulted by individuals who wish to contest the validity of someone’s Will after their death. Disputing the validity of a Will successfully is not straightforward and can be especially challenging. The ground upon which you seek to rely in order to set the Deceased’s Will aside and the evidence you amass in support of proving that ground, will influence the strength of any claim that is ultimately made.
  • 08

    Digital Assets Part 3: After Your Death

    Digital assets form part of your estate on death which passes in accordance with the provisions of your Will or the intestacy rules. However, accessing these assets can be difficult, as can finding out they exist in the first place. Valuation can also be tricky if the assets comprise domain names or website content and specialists would need to be instructed to provide a valuation for probate purposes.
  • 03

    Digital Assets Part 2: During Your Lifetime

    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)* are often seen as documents which only the elderly or infirm should be thinking about. In reality, everyone should be considering appointing trusted individuals to manage their affairs if they are unable to do so themselves – not least so that digital assets** may be dealt with.
  • 02

    What Is An Inheritance Act Claim?

    The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”), enables financial provision to be made for those who:

    • have not inherited as a result of intestacy (where there is no Will);
    • have been left out of a Will entirely or;
    • have not been left as much as they need (under a Will or intestacy).
  • 01

    John Beecham – Is He Really Providing For The Baby?

    John Beecham has a lot on his mind: impressing an Empress, a possible war; family wrangling. So is he really doing all he can to protect baby August?

June 2019

May 2019

  • 29

    Caster Semenya Ruling - A New Age For Gender Categorisation In Sports?

    Last month, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) ruled against Caster Semenya in her long-standing dispute with the International Association of Athletics Federation (“IAAF”). The decision means Semenya has no choice but to lower her testosterone level in order to compete in international mid-distance events.
  • 21

    Issues That Arise When Dealing With Leasehold Property

    Many people are aware that properties in England and Wales will fall into one of two categories – they will either be freehold or leasehold.
  • 16

    Dangers Of A Wrongly Executed Lasting Power Of Attorney

    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) give legal authority to attorneys to act on your behalf in a situation where you are unable (or unwilling) to deal with matters yourself. There are two different types – one deals with finance and the other deals with health and care.
  • 09

    Lawexchange International Marks 25 Years

    LawExchange International (LEI), a global network of independent law firms founded by Hewitsons, marked its 25th anniversary at a conference in Prague.
  • 03

    Brexit And Construction

    The news that the contractors building Crossrail have claimed £900m in additional costs having issued more than 21,000 compensation claims highlights the importance of following the procedure under construction contracts when delays and cost overruns occur, or when they are threatening to arise.

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

  • 27

    Was The Seller Ready, Able And Willing?

    In Oakley v Harper McKay Developments the High Court held that a Seller of an office block, to be converted into flats, was entitled to rescind the contract for the sale after the Buyer failed to respond to a notice to complete.
  • 27

    Challenges For Independent Schools Seeking To Leave The Teachers’ Pension Scheme

    Employer contributions in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (“TPS”) will be rising by over 7% from September, which will have a significant effect on overall pension costs. We consider why this is happening and what approaches independent schools could take if they are considering ending access to the TPS.
  • 26

    Solicitors For The Elderly (sfe) Member Urges People To Check Eligibility For Lpa Refund

    Hewitsons' Senior Solicitor Rachel Hawkins is urging people to check their eligibility for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) fee refund, after almost two million people were overcharged by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 2013 and 2017. Claimants can expect to receive a refund of up to £54, with any accrued interested since the registration was made.
  • 22

    A Good Rise: Hewitsons Advises The Good Loaf On Town Centre Business Purchase

    A client of Hewitsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Team, The Good Loaf, is taking ownership of the All Saints Bistro from Mayor of Northampton, Tony Ansell.
  • 19

    Artificial Intelligence (ai) – How Law Firms Are Adapting For The Future

    It has taken me several hours to research and write this article. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the use of artificial intelligence techniques could have helped me to do it in far less time. All I would need to have done is to have given a theme, provided some parameters and……hey presto, an article that would have been maybe 90 or 95 per cent complete. But is this close to becoming a reality, or am I dreaming?
  • 15

    Brexit – The Clock Is Counting Down Towards A New Framework Of Law

    By virtue of The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, from 29 March 2019 the UK will enter a new legal world; a world in which English law will be a mix of the before and the after – those parts of European Law that are retained and a newly created body of law to fill many of the gaps that are left. With just days to go and without a transition period agreed, the rush is now on to establish the framework for that new body of law in a ‘no-deal’ context.
  • 15

    Hewitsons Advises On The Sale Of Significant Medical Diagnostic Business

    Hewitsons recently acted for the owners of United Open MRI Limited (“United Open”) on the sale of the shares in the company to InHealth Limited, the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic solutions to the NHS and independent sector.
  • 11

    The Dangers Of Using An Unregulated Will Writer

    A recent study undertaken by IRN Research revealed that 19% of people who made a Will in 2018 used Will Writers, rather than a solicitor. However, the report also reveals that the majority of those people were not aware that Will Writers are unregulated.
  • 05

    First Step Towards Diploma For Hewitsons Solicitors

    Two more solicitors from Hewitsons’ Private Wealth team are on their way to receiving a globally recognised diploma that will position them as leading experts in their field.
  • 01

    What Does ‘contesting A Will’ Mean?

    Disputes over the terms of a Deceased individuals Will, occur more frequently than you might think. Hewitsons Will & Estate Disputes Team specialise in disputes of this nature. We are regularly contacted and instructed to advise individuals on what is required to contest a Will, where somebody is dissatisfied with the terms of the Deceased’s Will.

January 2019

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