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Marie Newton

Will Disputes: Using a Caveat to prevent a Grant of Probate

For many people, the death of a loved one can bring uncertainty and stress, at a time when they are already grieving. In cases where...

Lily Park

Parental Responsibility To Be Automatically Suspended For Child Rapists

A recent amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill will mean that people who have committed the most serious sexual offences against a child...

Daniel Moreton

Breaking Traditions: Japan’s Child Custody Revolution

Japan’s parliament has recently approved a significant change to a decades-old law that has been subject to criticism from divorced...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Facing Facts – Denial Of Dementia

Dementia is arguably one of the cruellest of medical conditions, stripping families of their loved one’s identity. It is very hard on...

Matthew Briggs

Smaller Charities: Mergers and Amalgamations

Charity mergers were at a record low in 2022/2023, with just 48 mergers recorded and a total of 96 organisations involved, according to...

Catriona Ellis

Are Nuptial Agreements Legally Binding?

What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup”, is a document that a couple enter into before they get married or...

Stewart Stretton-Hill

Dementia Action Week: Living Well With Dementia – Early Diagnosis and Early Preparation

Recent advancements in blood tests for Alzheimer's diagnosis represent a significant leap forward in the medical field. These tests could...

Nicola Hawkins

The Importance Of Discussing Funeral Wishes

This week is Dying Matter Awareness Week.  The campaign is to raise awareness of the need to talk about death. This year's theme is the...

Gillian Coverley

The Importance of Making and Updating a Will

Research shows there is still reluctance to write a Will, meaning that a large percentage of the UK population will have their estate...

Suzi Denton

Changes to Family Procedure Rules usher in new era for Family law and mediation

This week, new rules have been put in place with the aim of encouraging families to resolve their disputes away from the Family courts....

Kirsty Mcnulty

Digital And Online Assets – Is Your Online Life Organised In The Event Of Your Death?

When individuals think about making a Will and what they have to leave, thought will often go to “my property”, “my jewellery”, “my cash”...

Laura Williams

Appointing A Guardian In My Will – Considerations For Parents In Their Estate Planning, With A Focus On Special Guardianship.

When preparing your Will, something you will often need to consider where you have responsibility for minor children is who would be...

Stephanie Kerr

Antiques No-Show: Valuables in Dispute

In will, trust and estate disputes, the most valuable assets involved are usually property, land and money.  However, there can often be...

Kirsty Mcnulty

Do It Yourself Wills – A Cost Effective Way Of Dealing With Your Affairs Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

A recent study by IRN Legal Reports showed only 35% of UK adults have made a Will and a report in 2023 from the National Will Register...

Elizabeth Gibbison

Is Succession Planning The New Hot Topic? How Modern Media Could Shape The Way We Plan For The Future

When done properly, succession planning should consider the taxation and devolution of assets, and protect the things and people that...

Jodie Buck

Will Writers beware – Court Orders Firm To Pay 60% Of Legal Costs in Rectification & Construction Claim

In a recent decision of the High Court, a firm of solicitors was ordered to pay 60% of the parties’ legal costs in relation to a claim...

Michelle Chapman

Deathbed Gifts – To be Used or Avoided?

Despite what the name suggests, deathbed gifts (otherwise known as donation mortis causa) do not necessarily have to be made immediately...

Matthew Briggs

Sharia Law and Charitable Giving

Research shows that Muslim donors give significant amounts to charitable causes. Giving to charity has always been of fundamental...

Claire Filer

Non-Court Dispute Resolution - the Future of Family Law

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of families seeking court intervention to resolve disputes arising...

Alex Ruffel

Expert guide to the proposed non-dom tax regime changes

The UK Chancellor recently announced the abolition of the non-dom-based tax regime, replacing it with a foreign income and gains (FIG)...

Jo Robinson

National Conveyancing Week: How to Downsize

In celebration of National Conveyancing Week, Irwin Mitchell have written a series of articles aimed at supporting residential property...

Clare Wiseman

Learning From Our Differences: An Insight Into The English And Scottish Approach To Family Law

Earlier this year, Irwin Mitchell invested in Scotland-based firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie (WJM). This creates a unique collaboration...

Erin Sawyer

Tax Regimes And The Implications Of Relationships For Us Citizens And “Accidental Americans”

Citizenship-based taxation is one in which Americans are subject to taxation on their worldwide income, regardless of residency. This...

Sarah AlJourani

Divorcing In Dubai? What You Need To Know About Relationships In The UAE

The Office for National Statistics reported that in the year ending June 2023, 508,000 British nationals had emigrated out of the UK -...

April Wood

Family Law across the UK – Enforcing Child Arrangement Orders in Scotland

People moving to live and to work in other countries has never been so popular. This includes movement within the United Kingdom, with...

April Wood

Comparing The Family Courts In England And Australia For Divorce And Finance

I have been fortunate in my career to have worked extensively in both England and Australia. Since my return to practise in England...

Sophie Bray

National Conveyancing Week: How to Sell a Probate Property

In celebration of National Conveyancing Week, Irwin Mitchell have written a series of articles aimed at supporting residential property...

Sarah Coyne

National Conveyancing Week: How To Buy a Home in England or Wales

In celebration of National Conveyancing Week, Irwin Mitchell have written a series of articles aimed at supporting residential property...

Katherine Thorpe

National Conveyancing Week: How to Buy an Investment Property

How to Buy an Investment Property In celebration of National Conveyancing Week, Irwin Mitchell have written a series of articles aimed at...

Emily - Jo Moore

Surrogacy: A viable Alternative to Adoption?

As LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week draws to a close, in our final article we consider surrogacy, an alternative pathway to parenthood...