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Your last Will and Textament – could digital Wills create more problems than they solve?

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Digital Wills

Today the Law Commission launched their public consultation, looking at whether the existing rules on how Wills are made should be updated for the modern world. One of the things this consultation will consider is whether people’s electronic communications, such as texts and emails, should be recognised as a valid Will in exceptional circumstances. This is an exciting innovation that bridges the gap between outdated laws and the modern age, but would change necessarily be for the better?

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Charitable legacies are looking more secure: outcome of Ilott

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In March 2017, the Supreme Court ruled on the long running claim brought by Heather Ilott against the estate of her late mother, Melita Jackson. Whilst the Supreme Court’s decision did not represent a significant change in the law and Mrs Ilott was, technically, successful in her overall claim, the decision made by the Supreme Court suggests that charitable legacies may be less open to challenge than previously thought.

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The new online trusts register – what do trustees need to do?

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are due to release their new online Trusts Registration Service imminently. The entire process of registering and updating trust details will go digital this year, replacing the paper 41G (trust) forms, in an effort to crack down on money laundering and tax avoidance as well as to reduce delays and errors through lost paper forms etc.

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What issues can Erb’s Palsy cause in adolescence?

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Erb's Palsy Group UK

Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury with largely physical symptoms, but because the visible injury to the arm may demand focus, it could be hiding subtle injuries which are yet to become apparent. Here we look at the invisible injuries that can follow a diagnosis of Erb’s Palsy

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3 ways solicitors help you gather evidence in a motorcycle accident claim

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Unless you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you probably haven’t thought about the evidence that supports a compensation claim. So, today, I thought I’d summarise the key evidence to highlight how thoroughly we handle these types of cases in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

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We need to stop treating maternal injuries as ‘just a part’ of shoulder dystocia

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Erb's Palsy Group UK

Adjusting to life after a birth injury is a difficult process for any family, and any birth injury is a permanent reminder of a potentially traumatic event. But if we are ever going to confront Erb’s Palsy, we need to change the way that we talk about it and some of the complications it can involve.

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North London Trust learns lessons of universal GBS testing

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GBS awareness week

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of unborn children, NHS staff should be commended for their diligence and hard work. However, in the era of austerity, we are told that difficult choices must be made. It follows that the benefits of certain tests, medicines and therapies must be weighed against their cost to the tax payer.

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Five ways to make divorce easier on your children

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We know that children of divorced parents can be adversely affected by their parents’ behaviour during the divorce and separation process, and that it could affect their own ability to form positive adult relationships. However, US researchers have recently suggested that children of a “messy” divorce are also three times more likely to endure a lifetime of colds as adults!

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When is lung cancer connected to asbestos exposure?

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lung cancer xray

It is well known that mesothelioma, an aggressive and incurable form of lung cancer, is almost always connected to exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma can develop after even low levels of exposure to asbestos. However there are a number of other types of lung cancer where the connection to asbestos is not as clear cut.

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Has the ‘equal split principle’ on divorce changed?

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Equally splitting a watermelon

This week a city trader won her appeal to cut her divorce payment to her ex after a short marriage. We look at how this may affect future divorce settlements and decisions about asset splitting.

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Are cow attacks becoming more common?

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Cows in the field

Every now and again, we see a high profile case in the news, where a walker has been killed or seriously injured by cows. This news may be a shock for most of the country but, sadly, given my role as a solicitor representing people who have been injured or killed by animals, this type of incident is not uncommon.

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Will Brexit affect divorce settlements?

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Has triggering Article 50 opened a proverbial Pandora’s Box for divorce settlements? Paul Mansfield certainly thinks so and is subsequently challenging a £12.2 million divorce award to his ex-wife. He claims the that pre-EU referendum judgement took no account of the likely damage to his business caused by Brexit.

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