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Time to call for further workplace flexibility

17/10/2019

Whilst many see flexible working as an opportunity to juggle a work life balance more successfully, a lot of work needs to be done around overall wellbeing for the employee – and ways in which the employer can help facilitate that.

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What’s the difference between an attorney and an executor?

14/10/2019

Whilst this may sound like the opening to a punchline, there is a serious side to this question. Do you know the difference between the duties of an attorney and the role of an executor?

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Could the UK avoid recession?

11/10/2019

Talks surrounding the possibility of a shrinking economy are increasing by the day, however, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK might just avoid a recession.

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Self-employed? You might want to think about how you will fund retirement

11/09/2019

According to recent news, the average self-employed worker faces working until they are 79 to secure a big enough pension pot to support them in later life.

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Things I wish I knew before I… got a divorce

05/09/2019

In my line of work, I tend to see the statistic of one in three marriages ending in divorce in real life. Whilst many will say signing a pre-nup is one of many things they wish they knew before they get married[http://stay-informed/legal-updates/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-got-married/]quite often, separated parties will ask me things they need to know before they get divorced.

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London property prices falling fastest

09/08/2019

If you thought you never stood a chance of moving up in the London property market, now could be your chance. According to the latest data from the Land Registry, some homes in London are falling faster than anywhere else in the UK[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49016543] – although still remain higher than the national average.

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IHT laws need to change

31/07/2019

If you’re under 18, how do you pay a £50,000 tax bill? This might sound like the opening of a riddle, but actually, it’s a very real situation for one family that has been caught in an IHT trap – and it’s perfectly within the law.

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Things you need to know before becoming an executor

24/07/2019

No one likes to think about death, but unfortunately it’s a fact of life. People not wanting to talk about death is one of the main reasons why 60% of us risk dying without a will – and without the legal protection of our wishes for our families. It is also very important to think carefully about who to appoint as an executor. This can be a very onerous responsibility.

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Another GDPR data breach hits the headlines

23/07/2019

No sooner have we published a blog about British Airways’ largest GDPR fine on record[http://stay-informed/legal-updates/ba-faces-largest-gdpr-breach-fine/], we find another story in the news.

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Where there’s blame, there is not always a claim

18/07/2019

If someone you knew had fallen down the stairs and suffered serious injury as a result of a missing handrail, whose fault do you think it would be?

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Financial institutions need to do more to abide by LPAs

16/07/2019

Going through the heartache of caring for an ill or elderly family members is difficult enough, yet for those who have secured a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) are still trying to jump through financial hoops.

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Stepsisters’ inheritance battle could have been avoided

15/07/2019

Whilst reading an article in the Times recently, it occurred to me that there is quite often more than financial issues at stake when it comes to legal battles. In the case of two stepsisters, it can also be true that heartache and relationships can also be put at risk – but perhaps the cruellest fact is, that all of this could have been avoided, simply by making a will.

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Digital assets – what do you think you own?

11/07/2019

Whilst writing wills or nominating an individual for a Lasting Power of Attorney, protecting physical assets, such as property or cash, might be the first things to spring to mind. But, in an increasingly digital age, what about any online assets to an estate?

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BA faces “largest” GDPR breach fine

09/07/2019

British Airways (BA) looks set to face the largest GDPR penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of £183m for last year’s data breach that put 500,000 customers’ details at risk.

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A break through for Claudia’s Law

07/07/2019

For anyone suffering from news of a disappeared loved one, it is made even harder that any family, friends or even spouses are unable to take over any of their legal affairs or act on their behalf. However, that may be about to change.

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Welfare deputyship – the next steps

05/07/2019

Until recently, parents of children who lack capacity to make their own decisions, for example if they have a learning disability, have had limited rights when it came to making decisions affecting the health and welfare of their children.  However, thanks to a successful campaign from families in London, Brighton and Windsor, that could all be about to change.

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Stress in the workplace

04/07/2019

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), stress, depression and anxiety were the main factors for time off work in 2017/18, equating to 15.4 million working days lost.

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Where there’s a Will… there’s a holiday?

02/07/2019

It’s holiday season, so people are off on their travels. It is also the time of year when people start to think about their wills – either writing them for the first time, or updating them.

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3 situations that require a non-disclosure agreement

27/06/2019

In all the excitement of a new partnership or business venture, sometimes we forget the serious side too. Fact is, without a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA as it is more commonly known, you risk exposing some of the valuable, and saleable, secrets of your success.

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Can you inherit air miles?

26/06/2019

As a professional who works in wills and probate, I find that people deal with death in very different ways. Grief can strike a number of reactions and the thought of death itself has a lot to answer for in terms of effective planning – but perhaps that’s why a particularly story caught my eye over the weekend.

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Love in later life – and what it means for inheritance

19/06/2019

We are waiting longer than ever to get married. According to recent statistics from Royal London, marriage rates at younger ages continues to decline, there are an increasing number of men are getting married over age 60, as well as women aged over 50. Whilst we are waiting longer to find the love of our lives, what can the implications be of finding love later in life?

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Things I wish I knew before I… got married

14/06/2019

Weddings can be stressful enough. Organising venues, avoiding family mishaps and funding are just a few stumbling blocks many people come across – but after the wedding, there’s the actual marriage itself.

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5 top tips to turning your start-up into a thriving business

11/06/2019

When you start a business, there is a phase at the very beginning when you are trying to do several things at once. All of a sudden, you are a business consultant, an accountant, a marketer and a writer - as well as being the expert in your chosen field. It can be easy to lose sight of a few things along the way, but here are five top tips to help you stay on track and help turn your start-up into a thriving business.

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Death. Would you want to talk about it?

29/05/2019

I think it’s fair to say it is a truth universally acknowledged that our society does not cope with the idea of death. I think it is the fear of it and the fear of the unknown which makes us bury it away deep into our subconscious – but it is also perhaps one of the most important things we have to think about too.

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What is “Blockchain Technology” and what impact might it have on the legal industry?

28/05/2019

*BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY*

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3 ways employers can take better care of the older workforce

23/05/2019

People are living longer and therefore, they are working longer. According to the latest data from the ONS, there has been a rise in the number of over-50s in the workplace due to changes in the state pension age and shortfalls in pension payments.

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Thinking of marrying after retirement? Read this first.

21/05/2019

According to recent figures, men are more likely to get married after hitting the age of 80 than they were under the age of 20. As more of us consider marrying later in life, you might just want to make sure you check a few things before you do, including the security of children and inheritance rights.

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Why have Terms and Conditions?

20/05/2019

Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) are key for any trading business, setting out the terms on which contracts are formed, operated and terminated.  They can be in various forms and contain all manner of arrangements which are bespoke to the relevant industry, transaction and customer including matters such as price and payment, method of placing orders, responsibilities of both parties, delivery arrangements, returns, and warranties and liabilities.  They also detail what happens when things go wrong, for example the customer fails to pay an invoice or the goods supplied are defective.

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Beware of the equity release scams

20/05/2019

According to a recent story[https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/equityrelease/article-6978091/Beware-equity-release-rogues-theyre-just-data.html], there’s been a massive increase in the number of over-55s being targeted for cash which is locked up in their homes.

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Property trusts are not always the best way to avoid fees – buyer beware

16/05/2019

There’s been recent media attention surrounding property trusts, sold to people as a promise to “escape legal fees” upon someone’s death. But, all is not as it seems and people should think twice before entering into such an agreement.

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Things I wish I knew before I... Got a pre-nup

15/05/2019

Prenuptial agreements, or pre-nups, have been increasing in popularity over recent years. Older people are marrying later in life and living together longer are just a couple of reasons why pre-nups have been thrown into the spotlight. So, when it comes to gathering a lifetime’s worth of assets, it is hardly surprising that people are increasingly looking to protect them.

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Unnecessary DIY will disputes are keeping High Court too busy

15/05/2019

Many people are tempted to write their own wills to avoid the expense of a solicitor, however, a poorly-written will can quickly lead to mounting costs – as well as a legal minefield.

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Focus on wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week

13/05/2019

This week, 13 - 19 May 2019, is Mental Health Awareness Week. So, what better time to talk about  mental health within the workplace.

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Working on the go is creating new choices

08/05/2019

Self-employment is on the rise with more people “going it alone” than ever before. With a rise in easy-to-use, on the go technology more accessible, it’s hardly surprising that more people are opting for self-employment to cater to more adaptive lifestyles. But, what sort of impact is it having in the wider professional environment?

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GDPR One Year On

30/04/2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is nearly one year old, having come into effect on May 25th 2018. Many businesses in the UK and abroad have made amendments to elements of their practices to ensure GDPR compliance. As with any substantial change, there has been a steep learning curve and inevitable growing pains. With the one year mark fast approaching it seems an appropriate time to look at the impact and success, if any, of GDPR.

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What happens if… I change my mind after signing a contract

24/04/2019

When do you have a “right” to cancel your contract – and does that right to do so actually exist?

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Property prices continue downward decline

23/04/2019

Whilst Brexit uncertainty rages on, property prices are continuing their time in the spotlight. As prices and demand continue to stagnate, what is next for the UK property market?

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Paternity leave is taking a new shape

16/04/2019

Shared parental leave was introduced in 2015 as a way of redressing the balance between maternity and paternity leave. The purpose was to allow mothers to transfer all or part of their maternity leave to the father, allowing them to return to work.

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LPAs – are you claiming council tax relief?

12/04/2019

Consumer website, MoneySavingExpert, has embarked on a long-running campaign to raise awareness of council tax discounts that are available to those who are considered “severely mentally impaired” – and it can include carers too.

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Why now is the most important time for the LPA

15/04/2019

Lasting Powers of Attorney, or LPAs are legal documents that outlines for an individual who is or are appointed as an attorney/s in the event that the person making the LPA is not able to make decisions for themselves during their lifetime. There are two types of LPA, one covering property and financial affairs and the other in relation to health and welfare decisions including medical. LPAs are extremely important – as without one, your wishes and feelings may not be properly taken into account and there is no one to step in and make any decision needed in your best interests. In some cases sadly without an LPA the result in arguments amongst the family, particularly where there is a second marriage.

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The end of the divorce “blame game”

09/04/2019

Here at Downs Solicitors, we have been closely following the changes in the law surrounding “no blame” divorce – today we were really pleased to hear the news that the law will be changed.

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Brexit’s EU property boom

08/04/2019

Whilst the housing market continues to struggle in the UK, it looks as though the number of buyers of property abroad is still in good shape.

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Communication is key in bringing down will disputes

04/04/2019

When it comes to wills, some clients come to me following the loss of a loved one, questioning whether their will was written fairly. It is often quite surprising to know what many of these clients are unaware that it is possible to contest a will, despite the fact it is a legal document.

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Powers of Attorney guidelines need to take neglect more seriously

03/04/2019

According to a recent article in The Times, which reported statistics from the Public Guardian, around 2,000 cases a week are linked to allegations of financial and physical abuse.

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What happens if… I am a step parent and want to apply for Parental Responsibility?

02/04/2019

This is a question we regularly get asked, particularly where a marriage has broken down and the children are not biological descendants of one of the parents. It can also be a worry if the biological parent has died and leaves the step parent in the child-caring role, as many can be concerned with legal stances surrounding the rights they have to that child.

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Hold on to your house – summer could be the best time to sell

29/03/2019

According to Land Registry data, selling your home at certain times of the year could be key to achieving a high selling price.

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Brexit continues to hold housing market to ransom

22/03/2019

As the war on Brexit rages on, there has seemingly been a knock-on effect on the housing market – according to industry experts.

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APRIL 2019 EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES

21/03/2019

Each April, the Government may amend employment regulations and set new deadlines for Companies to meet.  The following are deadlines and updates which Managers and HR professionals should be aware of:

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What happens if… I have no “legal right” to get divorced?

21/03/2019

Close followers of Downs’ blogs will know that we have been keeping an eye on the law surrounding divorce, particularly where no member of the party is at fault.

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Sickness: Is it serious?

19/03/2019

None of us like to think about getting ill, but if you run a business, it can be helpful to identify the leading causes and reasons for sickness in order to effectively manage workflow.

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Spring Statement 2019 – at a glance

14/03/2019

The Chancellor has just delivered his Spring Statement for 2019 and despite lasting just under half an hour there were certainly a few surprises in store.

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Could property market re-build in 2019?

07/02/2019

Here at Downs, we quite often keep an eye on house prices and their effect on the local economy. Whilst there has been a cloud over the growth of house prices, could there be better things on the horizon for 2019?

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Willing to get writing? Here are a few things to consider.

13/03/2019

Thankfully, will writing is being given more air time than it used to, but, it still doesn’t stop nearly two thirds of us not having one.

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What happens if… my partner dies without leaving a will?

12/03/2019

This is a very common question, because, sadly, so many of us die without making a will for one reason or another.

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Working 8-4? What a way to make a living!

11/03/2019

As if Ms Dolly Parton’s appearance at the recent Grammy Awards wasn’t enough, her new Netflix series beginning in 2019 will soon have reminisces tapping their feet to some of her major hit records. Perhaps working “9-5” is one that resonates most – and what a way to make a living indeed. Since writing her hit, the workplace has changed considerably and it is interesting to see how employers and employees alike are adapting to that change.

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Happy International Women’s Day

08/03/2019

Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day – an annual celebration of gender equality. Despite leaps in progression for a number of women, I still find it surprising how stereotypes continue to be challenged, even in 2019.

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Gender pay gap back in the news

07/03/2019

It’s been nearly 12 months since the first companies began publishing information about their gender pay gap. One year on, it looks as though we have still quite a way to go as the newest round of pay gap snapshots hit the headlines with Britain having the largest gap between the sexes in the European Union.

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March in to making a Will

25/02/2019

An up-to-date will written by a solicitor is the best way to ensure your wishes will be respected. It allows you to provide for your family and friends and leave a gift to your chosen charities too. It is also a chance to think about updating your will if you have not done so in a while.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m not sure work is the place for romance, are you?

19/02/2019

Valentine’s Day has gone for another year, but it got us thinking about the consequences of romance in the workplace, for both employees and employer.

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Brexit uncertainty having knock-on effect to wider economy

13/02/2019

According to recent reports, falls in factory outputs and car production, and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, have taken its toll on the UK economy, which is now seeing the slowest economic growth in 6 years.

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Housing crisis hits hard for under 35s

11/02/2019

According to new research by Civitas, around one million more adults in the UK are living with their parents compared to two decades ago. It looks as though more people will be relying on the bank of mum and dad for a little bit longer.

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No-fault divorce law passes through

08/02/2019

Regular followers of Downs’ news will know that we have closely been following the law surrounding no-fault divorce. In an update published today[https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/08/no-fault-divorce-to-become-the-law?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email

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What's new in the world of Insolvency?

08/02/2019

As always our IP Alerter provides you with a snapshot of the key developments and insight into key cases. The cases covered in this issue include:

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Brexit: How are businesses faring?

05/02/2019

Whilst the jury is still out about how Britain-of-the-future will look after March 2019, but still, the headlines continue to tell us of companies that have been blighted by Brexit.

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Google’s lesson is one we could all learn

23/01/2019

The story about Google[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46944696]and its hefty fine for breach of GDPR is perhaps a reminder to all of us about the seriousness of data protection.

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Registration of Overseas Entities – the draft Bill is here

22/01/2019

The long-awaited Registration of Overseas Entities Draft Bill has finally been published. Even though it is unlikely to come into effect before 2021, there could be a few things to do to prepare – and there are severe sanctions for non-compliance.

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Sort out debts this Blue Monday to avoid being left out in the cold

21/01/2019

Monday 21 January has become known as Blue Monday. It has been saddled with lots of negative connotations, from long, dark, cold days to distant paydays and the festive season a distant memory. However, one of the major contributions to Blue Monday is debt as the Christmas credit card bills start to land on the doormat. But, addressing debt early doesn’t have to be scary – and it can help you avoid a whole host of problems later on.

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Building Brexit uncertainty in the property market

18/01/2019

As the Brexit debate rages on in Parliament, it seems there are still some problems to be resolved a bit closer to home. Property prices have been named as one of the biggest concerns surrounding Brexit, and, as a number of property experts come forward expressing concern, what can homeowners come to expect?

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Your family or your finances: what would you choose?

16/01/2019

You’d think the answer to this question would be easy and that anyone would choose family over any situation. However, it seems at times we forget how our assets, such as property and finances, can tear families apart.

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Divorce: Is it just too easy?

11/01/2019

If you were keeping an eye on our legal updates[http://stay-informed/legal-updates/] during Christmas, you may have noticed we stuck to a slightly less festive topic. Divorce season is well and truly upon us and with a forecast spike in the number of separations, have we simply made divorcing a spouse far too easy?

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Feast or famine in the house price market?

09/01/2019

 All eyes will no doubt be on the property market this year as Brexit starts to get underway. However it would appear that UK house prices actually grew at an annual pace of 0.5% in December – although this is the slowest rate in nearly 5 years.

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Happy Divorce Day

07/01/2019

Whilst the fun and festivities are over for another year, a number of people can find the effects of debt and stress finally take their toll. It is one of many reasons why this time of year is known as Divorce Season. However, there could be a solution to marriage breakdown and over the years I have certainly seen some of the simplest remedies become the most effective.

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Common law marriage – Really?

20/12/2018

In 2017 there were 3.3 million cohabiting couples who were neither married or in civil partnerships. This for the last 20 years has been the fastest growing group of couples. A significant proportion of this group are in single ownership or tenanted properties. This is a concern when considering the limited rights that cohabiting couples have versus married couples.

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How to divorce proof your marriage

18/12/2018

Tis the season to be jolly, but, we address a slightly more morose topic for a reason. Divorce Day will soon be upon us once again. It is the first working Monday of every year and gets its name due to a surge in divorce applications.

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Christmas parties: don’t be tempted to treat yourself to a sick day

14/12/2018

Apparently, around 9 out of every 10 businesses have had an employment related issue as a result of Christmas party antics[http://www.consulthr.co.uk/avoid-tears-tantrums-legal-actions-following-office-christmas-party/]. One of the most commonplace issues is the hangover and staff calling in sick the next day after drinking too much at the Christmas party the night before.

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What is a post-nup and why are they increasing in popularity?

14/12/2018

We’ve all probably heard of a pre-nuptial agreement, but what about the lesser-known post-nup? What exactly is it and why are more people looking to write them?

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New Rules for Changing Times

13/12/2018

To guard against the possibility that UK immigration requirements might remain the same for longer than one second, the Home Office laid further changes to the immigration rules before parliament on 11 December 2018. Immigration rules enter into force by negative resolution, which means proposed rules come into force without much, or any, debate or pro-active approval by Parliament. The proposed rules are wide-ranging. Most will come into effect on 10 January 2019.

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Separation doesn’t have to end in divorce

12/12/2018

It may seem a strange sentiment, but this time of year actually sees the highest number of divorces than any other time of the year. Dubbed “divorce day” by many of us in the legal profession, January 7 2019 is the first working Monday after Christmas. It is also predicted to be the day we see a predicted spike in the number of divorces – but maybe there is something we can do about that.

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3 reliable “relationship killers”

07/12/2018

We are probably all guilty of it, but, seeing as it is divorce season, perhaps now is the best time to be thinking about some of the things we do that cause unnecessary bitterness.

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Top 5 myths surrounding divorce – dispelled by a divorce lawyer

05/12/2018

The most popular day to start divorce proceedings is in early January. Whether it is the pressure of the cost of Christmas, or working longer hours in the lead up to the festivities, the first working Monday of the new year is commonly referred to by many lawyers as “Divorce Day.”

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‘Tis the season – for divorce?

05/12/2018

Whilst the fun and festivities come around, a number of people can find the effects of debt and stress finally take their toll. It is one of many reasons why this time of year, we often term as Divorce Season. However, there could be a solution to marriage breakdown and over the years I have certainly seen some of the simplest remedies become the most effective.

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Bringing your investments “home” for probate purposes

29/11/2018

If you hold any overseas shareholdings, you might just find a very costly sting in the tail on your estate – so inheritance planning is key.

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Good Divorce Week – time to address the blame game!

28/11/2018

This week is Good Divorce Week, aptly named as a way of raising awareness of the wider impact a separation can bring, particularly for children. Whilst divorce is always difficult, a number of studies have revealed the long-term serious impact on children, specifically around the conflict a divorce brings. Good Divorce Week aims to address the issues affecting children and how separating couples can mitigate any complications by providing practical help and support.

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How the Morrisons data breach case should put employers on their guard

23/11/2018

GDPR seems to be the word of the year, but as many businesses still try to get to grips with it, the Court of Appeal have issued details surrounding a case of data protection. Is an employer responsible if an employee deliberately breaches a data protection law?

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Fact: No Will means unclaimed estates will be claimed by the crown

09/11/2018

We really do seem to have a reluctance to write a will in this country. According to recent research, around 60% of adults in the UK have not written a will. We may shrug it off as something we’ll “get around to” or “maybe someday” – but there is a very serious underlying issue. If you do not write a will, your estate is likely to be claimed by the Crown.

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BREXIT: Migration to the future

07/11/2018

Read Samar Shams, Head of Immigration, recent article in the Employment Journal which considers what the UK’s immigration policies may look like when free movement of EU nationals ends.

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House prices continue to flat line

07/11/2018

According to stats from the Nationwide Building Society, house prices rose at their slowest annual rate for five years, due in part to a sustained period of economic uncertainty.

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Make sure a law suit isn’t welcome this party season

06/11/2018

It’s that time of year where the seasons change and we celebrate a few festivals. But, whether it is a hellish Halloween, or November 5 goes off with a bang, employers need to beware. They could be held responsible for any mishaps during any celebrations – including the parties.

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IHT: Planning early pays off

31/10/2018

An extremely controversial, yet lucrative source of income for the Treasury, inheritance tax has been in the news again highlighting the contrast around the country.

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Budget: The countdown is on

24/10/2018

As we count down the days until the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget here are a few things to expect – as well as a few of the need-to-knows.

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Will the Autumn Budget provide any more news for housing?

17/10/2018

As the frenzy builds as to what the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget may contain, all eyes are once again on the property market.

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Truth, proof and the right to work

16/10/2018

Right-to-work checks and dismissal have always posed a challenge to employers. Recent inconsistent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) judgments have exacerbated the difficulties. What is an employer to do? Head of Immigration, Samar Shams recent article in the Employment Law Journal goes back to basics and extracts the most important lessons from the muddled judgments.

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LPAs: Are you entitled to a refund of overpaid registration fees?

12/10/2018

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched a refund scheme earlier this year for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) registered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017[https://www.gov.uk/government/news/power-of-attorney-fee-refund-scheme-launched]. If this applies to you, you might be eligible for a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

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Where there’s a will, there could be a cost trap

11/10/2018

The following blog came about following a recent experience with a client. They had used a will writing company to prepare a will around 10 years ago. Since then they have paid £18 per year to cover the ongoing costs associated with storing the will. However, nine days after the client signed the will, it was deposited with the Principle Probate Registry for a one off fee of £20.  Once received the Registry issue a Certificate of Deposit of Will confirming that it is held by them.

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For better for worse: Why are cohabiting siblings losing out?

05/10/2018

If you needed any further persuasion to plan ahead and consider your options for later life, you might the following interesting to know. 

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Need another reason to plan for IHT?

27/09/2018

More than 60% of adults in the UK still have no will. This tells us that many of us are still not planning for later on in life – but believe it or not, there is a really good reason to do so.

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GDPR four months on: what’s changed?

26/09/2018

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May this year. It, together with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018), replaced existing laws in the UK relating to data protection and became an obligatory requirement across the whole of the European Union. Even though this had been bubbling away in the news for several months, there were concerns that businesses remained relatively in the dark about what they had to do. In the end, the majority of cases saw a last-minute scramble to implement the new regulation – and it appears to be still on-going.

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At the end of the day: IHT planning counts

25/09/2018

The benefits of Inheritance Tax planning should not be overlooked. Many of us don’t like to think ahead to later life, but it is important to plan ahead as far as possible to mitigate any heavy costs to our families.

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Staying on the right side of the law

21/09/2018

Back in June, we reported the story of Universal Wealth[http://stay-informed/legal-updates/are-you-caught-up-in-universal-wealth-preservation/]. The story surfaced to the front of my mind again at the weekend when I read a  comment  on the legalities around offering advice that is outside of your professional expertise.

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Another chapter open in no-blame divorce

19/09/2018

Following on from our recent blog[http://www.downslaw.co.uk/stay-informed/legal-updates/stopping-the-divorce-blame-game] calling for a review of divorce law, more plans have now been revealed to address some of the outdated areas of the law.

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Managing a more flexible workforce

12/09/2018

To follow up on a couple of recent news stories relating to flexible work, for employers thinking of adopting change, you will also need to know how to effectively manage a more flexible workforce.

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The email train: Does the commute count as working hours?

11/09/2018

It seems the debate about “working hours” rages on. We recently wrote a blog[[sitetree_link id=926]] about how working hours have changed and that people are moving towards much more flexible models.

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Time to think proactively about later life

10/09/2018

No one likes to think about getting old, or even what would happen to our family’s wellbeing and personal finances if we weren’t here. However, now is as good a time as any to be thinking about it, as yesterday, Sunday 9 September, marked Grandparents Day.

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Numbers of dependent elderly are rising fast – time to be proactive.

05/09/2018

According to recent research by Lancet Public Health Journal, and reported by the BBC, the number of elderly people needing 24 hour care is set to double by 2025. This puts the spotlight firmly back on why families need to be taking advice and planning ahead for the future, now.

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Another step forward for change

04/09/2018

For regular followers of our blog, you may have noticed a string of stories relating to cases of unmarried couples losing out, simply because they haven’t tied the knot.

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Working 9-5: not the way to make a living

04/09/2018

Despite Dolly Parton's smash hit, it seems that just 6% of working people are sticking to the traditional 9-5 shift pattern, according to a recent survey by YouGov.

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