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Intestacy- What happens someone dies without leaving a will?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 23rd March 2021
  • Posted On: Blog

If an individual dies without leaving a valid Last Will and Testament to clearly explain how they want their estate shared among surviving family or friends then they are deemed to have died "Intestate". The rules of Intestacy that come into place follow a fixed pattern which doesn't allow for modern relationships and at best may not provide for dependents as you wish and at worst may see your entire estate revert to the Crown.

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Have you been affected by the 'Divorce Boom?'

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 23rd February 2021
  • Posted On: Blog

Last year, the Citizens Advice Bureau reported record numbers of people looking up how to divorce their spouse on the charity’s website. The extreme change in circumstance means many couples could be facing separation or divorce sooner than expected, as the effects of living in a difficult relationship during lockdown will have forced couples into taking action.

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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney during the Coronavirus...

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 26th January 2021
  • Posted On: Blog

Throughout the last year, we have seen a spike in demand for both our Will writing and Lasting Power of Attorney (or “LPA”) services as our clients take control of their futures and prepare themselves and their affairs to protect their families. During this time we have found that while most of our new clients have a good understanding of how important making a Will is, less are clear on what having (or not having) an LPA could mean for them.

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Preparing Your Will- Checklist for making a Will

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 15th December 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

As we continue to work through what has been an extremely challenging year with the global Covid-19 pandemic being at the forefront of the news and our day to day lives, here at Crosby & Woods we have been advising a large number of clients on creating or updating wills.

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Child Contact Arrangements At Christmas & COVID 19

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 24th November 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

This year has been an exceptionally challenging time for separating and divorced families. Not only do parents have to navigate the usual complexities of dealing with child contact arrangements, the coronavirus pandemic has also added an extra layer of stress and confusion when considering how child contact arrangements will work.

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Will Writing- Your Estate Management Questions Answered

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 27th October 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

Over the past couple of months, we have received an influx of enquiries about estate management, what is and how it works. So we thought we would prepare you a helpful short guide to answer some of your key questions.

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Contesting A Divorce- What You Need To Know

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 28th September 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

If there are no children or substantial financial assets to take into consideration when a divorce petition is filed, the process can be much quicker and easier than if you have other considerations to take into account. However, if a divorce is contested, it may not be this straight-forward

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House Surveys- What type of survey do I need?

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 25th August 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

Acquiring a survey is an important part of the house buying process as once you purchase a property, any problems with it then become your responsibility. Any problems with the property that haven't been flagged up at an early stage could end up being extremely costly, so it is important that the right type of survey is carried out.

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How soon should you start probate after death of a loved one?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 27th July 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

The recent stay-at-home situation has meant that handling certain complex legal matters, has been more challenging, however, there are now practical ways in place to help you deal with probate and there is plenty of guidance available to explain how the process works.

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Settlement Agreements- Everything You Need To Know

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 26th May 2020
  • Posted On: Blog

When an employer mentions offering a Settlement Agreement, many employees will not have come across this term let alone understand if they are getting a fair deal, so here's what a Settlement Agreement is and how it can benefit you.

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