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Willans supports Dementia Action Week 2019

Willans is proud to help promote Dementia Action Week (formerly Dementia Awareness Week), which runs from 20-26 May this year. This national campaign week is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, which reports that: there are over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and that number is predicted to rise to over 1 million by 2025 […]

Divorce – what happens to the family business?

Where a family business is involved, divorcing couples and the court have to consider other factors. Associate Jonathan Eager in our family law team explains more. Family businesses are often the source of much of a couple’s wealth, and indeed most of their future income. Once it has been established that a family business is […]

Coffee, cake and top tips on planning for the future at Winchcombe coffee morning

“I haven’t got round to it…”, “I’ll do it when I’m older…”, “I’ve nothing valuable to leave behind so I don’t need to do it…” The above are all common reasons given for not having made a will, but with an estimated 42% of over-55s* without proper provisions for the future, many people are at […]

Good Divorce Week: Time to end the ‘blame game’?

Our family lawyers are backing the prospect of a change in the law that may help reduce the fallout from divorce on children. In a new poll, 79% of the population agreed conflict from divorce or separation can affect negatively children’s mental health, a figure rising to 87% among those who experienced their parents’ divorce […]

We welcome new senior associate to our agricultural team

We are delighted to welcome senior associate Adam Hale to our agriculture & estates team this month. Adam, a specialist in agricultural law, estate planning and estate administration, joins the firm from the Cheltenham office of Knights plc. He is experienced in advising rural businesses, farmers and private landowners on a wide range of rural […]

Report warns of impending ‘incapacity crisis’

A recent report published by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and the Centre for Future Studies (CFS) has warned that the nation is facing an ‘incapacity crisis’, with millions leaving their fate ‘in the hands of strangers’. It can be uncomfortable to think about what might happen if you were to lose the ability to […]

Owning property in joint names – what you should know

When buying property with someone to whom you’re not married or in a civil partnership with, it’s sensible to consider how the proceeds of the property sale should be divided should one of you die or you separate. If you are not married or in a civil partnership, then there is little statutory protection for […]

Five-strong promotions announced

Well-known faces in residential property law Suzanne O’Riordan and Steve Diamond have been promoted to senior associates, after 19 years and 29 years at the firm respectively. Also a part of their team, solicitor Hilary Banister has been promoted to associate. Promotions are also rewarding other experienced lawyers in different departments, with Jenny Hawrot becoming […]

Grandparents’ rights in the spotlight as MPs campaign for amendment to Children Act

MPs are calling for the right for children to keep in touch with extended family members (including grandparents) after a family break-up, according to BBC News. Under current rules, if a parent prevents a grandparent from seeing their grandchild after a separation or divorce, the grandparent has no legal right to see their grandchild. If […]

Trust compliance in 2018 – know your obligations

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in trust regulation. The penalties for non-compliance can be onerous so here’s a quick look at these new regulations: Trust Registration Service (TRS): In April 2017, HMRC withdrew the former process for reporting trust tax liabilities (income tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax) […]

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