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Haven't got around to making a Will?

Debbie Duggan
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If you haven’t yet got around to making a Will why not take this opportunity to do so?  If, like me, you are wondering where 2018 is disappearing to as we near the end of February, it may be an opportunity to think about when you made your...

Do I qualify for a refund on my registration fee for my Power of Attorney?

Amy Nelson
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If you made a Lasting Power of Attorney (or registered an Enduring Power of Attorney) between 2013 and 2017 then read on as you could be entitled to a refund on your registration fee….   Who is entitled? The Government have announced...

BakerLaw awarded Wills & Probate UK Law Firm of the Year

Debbie Duggan
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I am pleased to announce that BakerLaw LLP has been awarded the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2017 Wills & Probate UK Law Firm of the Year.  Debbie Duggan, Head of the firm's Private Client Department said: “I am delighted with the...

Press Release - Lasting Powers of Attorney

Debbie Duggan
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Head of Private Client Debbie Duggan  has defended lasting powers of attorney (LPA) after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse. Her article was published in the Farnham...

BakerLaw LLP Supports Phyllis Tuckwell's 'Make a Will Fortnight'

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw LLP is participating in Phyllis Tuckwell’s 'Make a Will Fortnight'. From 11 th  to 24 th  September 2017 our Associate, Debbie Duggan can write a basic Will for you, or update an existing one, in return for a...

Law Commission proposes Wills overhaul

Debbie Duggan
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The Law Commission has announced that they are holding a wide ranging consultation in order to bring the current laws surrounding Wills in line with the modern world. A number of measures have been proposed including changing the term ‘Testator’...

Dementia Friends News!

Debbie Duggan
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Dementia Friends is a social movement created to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding which mean many people living with dementia can face social issues and exclusion. Today, 27 th  June, Dementia Friends are celebrating reaching 2 million...

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Debbie Duggan
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5 things you should know about dementia 1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing - Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. 2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain - Dementia is not usually passed down through genes. 3. Dementia is...

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 runs from 14th to 21st May!

Debbie Duggan
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Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it...

The Residence Nil Rate Band

Debbie Duggan
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Under the new inheritance tax rules for deaths on or after 6th April 2017 a new “residence nil rate band” has been introduced. In certain circumstances this new rule could eventually allow estates worth £1 million to pass free of...

Avoided increase in the probate fee

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The Government have today announced that the planned increase in the probate fee will not now take place in May as planned.  Currently the probate fee is a flat fee for estates over £5,000 of £155 if a solicitor completes the process. ...

Debbie Duggan Awarded Step Qualification

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw are proud to announce that Debbie Duggan, Head of Private Client, has recently obtained a Distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients. STEP is the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and ensures a high...

Survey says - people prefer solicitors to write their wills

Debbie Duggan
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Survey says - people prefer solicitors to prepare their wills A recent survey by Will Aid has shown that in the last year 62% of people who made a Will used a firm of solicitors to do so.  Debbie Duggan, Head of Private Client at BakerLaw, is...

Promotion at BakerLaw

Amanda Glover
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BakerLaw is delighted to announce a further internal promotion, with Debbie Duggan being promoted to the role of Associate with effect from 1 November 2016.  On the promotion, Amanda Glover (Managing Partner) commented: “Debbie Duggan, Head of...

How safe are your Will wishes?

Amanda Glover
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You may have seen in the press that there has been a dispute which has spanned many years upon a person's right to vary a will. The case involves the daughter of the deceased on benefits where her mother had been adamant that she did not want her...

BakerLaw LLP Private Client Advice-Line NEW NUMBER

Debbie Duggan
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BakerLaw LLP is delighted to advise you of the re-launch of our dedicated ‘Private Client Advice-Line’ which has been setup to provide support to the elderly, vulnerable and their families.  By calling the number below you will...

Special New Year Offer....

Debbie Duggan
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Special New Year Offer.... Will and one Lasting Power of Attorney   Make a single Will and one Lasting Power of Attorney for £499 inclusive of VAT (court fee £110 excluded).  Saving over £130 on usual fees. Offer...

BakerLaw LLP are delighted to be taking part in Phyllis Tuckwell Hospices' Make a Will Fortnight to be held 8th to 21st September 2014

Debbie Duggan
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A free Will in return for a heartfelt donation Making a Will and keeping it up to date, is one of the most important things you can do, ensuring your wishes are known and your money and possessions go to who you want. Yet many of us just simply never get...

Probate application fees set to increase

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Changes in the law, which come into effect on 22/04/2014, will mean those looking to apply for a Grant of Probate will need to pay increased fees. At present, the total application cost is £105 for those making a personal application to the Probate...

Free Inheritance Tax Planning Seminar

Debbie Duggan
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Free Inheritance Tax Planning Seminar 10.30am Tuesday 18th March BakerLaw LLP and Charles Derby Independent Financial Advisers are running a joint seminar aimed at protecting you if your total assets, including your home, amount to more than...

An introduction to claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

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What Does the Act Provide Section 1 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ("the Act") enables certain categories of persons to apply to the Court for an Order under Section 2 of the Act on the ground that the...

Governemnt decision to leave Will Writing unregulated leaves consumers at risk

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The Law Society was dealt a disappointing blow following the government's decision to continue to not regulate will writers. Last week's decision came after the Legal Services Board (LSB) advised the government to rectify the existing laws to help...