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To apply or not to apply to the Court of Protection?

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That is the question… which many Attorneys should be asking themselves when spending a Donor’s money, and a question many advisers should be aware needs to be asked.

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Is it time to review your lockdown Will?

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One area where there has been much debate in the legal sector over the past few months is in relation to the preparation and execution of Wills. Many firms saw a huge increase in demand for will instructions in March and April and it is inevitable that there will also have been an increase in the number of Wills that were made at home, without professional assistance.

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Frontline carers exempt from inheritance tax

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The families of frontline carers are to be exempt from inheritance tax should they die as a result of Covid-19 through the course of their work thanks to an exemption to legislation first created for serving personnel and emergency services.

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The valuable domicile election – don’t miss out

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Domicile is the keystone to inheritance tax (‘IHT’). Where a married couple or registered civil partners are both UK domiciled or both non-UK domiciled, the full spousal exemption applies.

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Group B Strep Awareness Month – what you need to know about this year’s event

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The 1st July 2020 marks the beginning of Group B Strep Support Awareness Month and this blog looks at how we can all get involved in saving babies’ lives.

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35% increase in divorce enquiries – but is lockdown the real cause?

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Lockdown measures put in place by the Government during the coronavirus pandemic have meant many families, across the world, have spent significantly more time together than they usually would. This will, understandably, put a strain on many relationships during this difficult and unusual time.

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Legal aid means testing for victims of domestic abuse desperately needs reform

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With a victim of domestic abuse bringing her case to the High Court to demand a judicial review of legal aid criteria, Zoe Robinson explains why change is needed.

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Can everyone dial in? – The challenges and benefits of video conferencing for those living with a brain injury

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Contributing authors: Tracy Norris-Evans

During lockdown, video calls have become the ‘norm’. What used to be a system to enable meetings across long distances has now become an essential piece of technology to stay social in these strange times.

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Covid-19 has exposed real issues with cancer care in the UK – the Government must get a handle on it

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Following widespread reports of disruption to patient care caused by coronavirus, Simon Elliman explores further the effects on cancer care, and what is being done about it.

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Covid-19, mesothelioma and you

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Helen Childs, specialist industrial disease solicitor and head of our Mesothelioma Claims team, explains what we have learned from the impact of coronavirus on mesothelioma patients.

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The Government needs to do more on patient care disrupted by coronavirus

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After reading news of disruption in patient care on the NHS due to coronavirus and lockdown, Kerstin Scheel says it’s time for Government to “get a grip” on the problem.

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East Kent hospital maternity unit still ‘requires improvement’ – what the latest reports say

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Lucy Crawford offers an update on the latest findings from a report into East Kent Hospitals Trust’s maternity care.

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