“Payment in Full and Final Settlement” – Creditors beware

“Payment in Full and Final Settlement” – Creditors beware

If you are a creditor and you are offered part payment only of money owed by a debtor, you should take caution in accepting particularly if the sum is offered “in full and final settlement”. If a debtor makes a written or verbal statement saying that they are making...
2019 – Year of the pig and rising cost of probate

2019 – Year of the pig and rising cost of probate

Here we are –  2019 ‘Chinese Year of the Pig’. According to myth, the significance of the pig in the Chinese zodiac legend was that the pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the ‘great race’. The term ‘lazy Pig’ was fashioned when,...
My owner died – what now?

My owner died – what now?

We dote on our furry bundles of joy our whole lives, but do we ever consider what will happen to them after we die?  You may wish to follow in the footsteps of high-flying accountant Mrs Bolasny, who gifted £1million into trust for the benefit of her Maltese terrier...
What provision do you make for a co-habitee?

What provision do you make for a co-habitee?

It is an old fashioned principle of English law that you can leave your estate to whoever you want. True or False? It is actually both true and false. It is true that unlike many other countries which prescribe that your estate must be passed on to various relatives...
Should my Will deal with my Digital Assets?

Should my Will deal with my Digital Assets?

While this question is not one we are asked very often, it is being asked more and more frequently and is likely to become very common in the future. The first thing to say is that most Wills automatically cover your digital assets. It is the responsibility of your...
Grants of Probate FAQs

Grants of Probate FAQs

Our Private Client specialists answer the most commonly asked questions on Grants of Probate.    What is a Grant of Probate?A legal document that confirms an Executor’s authority to deal with the assets in a deceased’s estate. This allows the executor to...