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Thursday, 12 January 2017
Justin Patten has been commissioned by  Law Brief Publishing to write a practical guide to elderly law. The book focuses on key legal and negotiation issues including inheritance claims, will validity, dealing with difficult exe...
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Is Judicial Mediation Worth Going To And Paying For?
Thursday, 5 January 2017
How To Resign from your Job/Organisation.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Negotiation is about agreement and compromise.  For some this might not seem a good way to resolve a dispute, especially when fuelled by the idea of ‘winning’.  But when you consider the success rates of mediation – w...
Friday, 9 December 2016
There was quite an interesting piece last week in the Telegraph with the level of costs charged by solicitors on probate and how "lawyers are rubbing their hands in anticipation of a surge in fees of inheritance tax"and forthcoming changes....
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Dealing with a difficult executor is not easy but one of my favourite legal steps for addressing this is the court action of a request for inventory and account from the executor.   The application seeks to force the executo...
Thursday, 17 November 2016
An inheritance claim can be a potentially big legal action.  In order to consider the legal position, you need to look at the key legislation namely the Inheritance and Family Dependants Act 1975 You can also use some case law as ...
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Oh dear, we now have a situation where the government is split and does not have a plan for negotiating Brexit - A consultant has observed(written and had leaked) that Whitehall is struggling to cope with the scale of work generated by the Brexi...
Monday, 14 November 2016
In short, it is pretty difficult to remove an executor(despite evidence of incompetence) and one needs to remember that a Court will be reluctant to get involved and attack the wishes of the testator. Generally, save in case...