When Should I Update My Will?

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In this article, our specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors highlight when you should update your will. So, When Should I Update My Will? You should update your will when significant changes happen in your life. It is vital your will is up to date and reflects your current circumstances as failure to do so can cause unnecessary stress and worry … Read More

New Appointments Strengthen Our Team

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New Appointments Add Strength To Our Team As part of our ongoing expansion, we have new appointments in our leadership team and across the firm, strengthening our position as one of Leeds’ leading Law Firms and as a national trade union specialist firm. Instrumental in leading us through this exciting period is our Managing Partner, David Sorensen. Appointed in February … Read More

Can I Pass My Digital Assets Through My Will?  

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Can I pass my digital assets through my will? When planning your estate, you need to consider your digital assets just like you would any other assets. There are some digital assets which can be passed through your will and some that cannot. In this article, our experienced Wills & Probate Solicitors explain everything you need to know about passing … Read More

HeartUnions Week 2021❤️

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HeartUnions Week 8th – 14th February 2021 Morrish Solicitors are proud to be supporting the HeartUnions campaign organised by the Trades Union Congress. We have decades of history providing legal services for Unions and their members so we recognise the fantastic work they do, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.   During this week Trade Unions, Associations and their members will be sharing their stories to raise awareness about why Unions are vital for working people and … Read More

Common Questions About Inheritance Tax

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5 Common Questions About Inheritance Tax - Morrish Solicitors

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is the tax that may have to be paid on someone’s estate (the property, money and possessions) after they pass away. In this article, our Wills and Estate Solicitors answer 5 common questions about Inheritance Tax so, you know what it is and how it works enabling you to plan for the future. Common Questions About Inheritance … Read More

Morrish Solicitors Support Will Aid 2020

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Supporting the Will Writing Charity Campaign Morrish Solicitors are proud to announce we are supporting this year’s Will Writing Charity Campaign organised by Will Aid, the UK’s leading charity will-writing scheme.   The purpose of the campaign is to give individuals the opportunity to write a will and support nine of the UK’s most loved charities by raising vital funds. The charities involved … Read More

Writing a Will During The Pandemic

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During the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, many people rushed to write a will to ensure their loved ones were cared for should the worst happen. In some cases, those people who rushed to write their wills in the pandemic named executors without consulting them first. An executor is the person responsible for ensuring your affairs are dealt with after … Read More

10 Reasons to Make a Will

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Why Should You Make a Will? Writing your will can be one of those things you put off, or say you need to do but never get round to doing. Having a will in place is the best way to make sure your wishes are taken care of when you’re no longer around. In this article, our Wills & Probate … Read More

We are family! Or are we?

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The definition of “family” is changing. It used to be the nuclear unit of husband, wife and 2.4 children. Although the divorce rate has been going down recently, numbers of cohabitants are rising. And the belief you can be a “common law” husband or wife still exists, despite it being a myth. So what constitutes a family and is this … Read More

GDPR & Lasting Power of Attorney’s

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney & why you need one A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which lets you decide who you wish to help make decisions on your behalf in relation to your property and financial affairs and health and welfare when you are not able to make those decisions yourself. Be aware that you … Read More

Unmarried couples – rights of surviving partner

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There was a recent case in the Supreme Court which has highlighted the vulnerability of the survivor when one partner dies and the couple were not married. Siobhan McLaughlin successfully claimed Widowed Parents’ Allowance following her partner’s death. Current law states that this benefit is only available to bereaved partners who have children and have been married to or in … Read More

“The incapacity crisis: a nation unprepared”

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Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) launch a campaign this week which aims to raise awareness of health and welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). SFE have built a report with think-tank Centre for Future Studies (CFS) which highlights the issues surrounding the lack of planning for mental incapacity and, backed by the evidence, demonstrates a looming incapacity crisis. Incapacity is … Read More

Why should I use a Solicitor?

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The ageing population means that there is a large and increasing market for legal services for elderly people.  Services in which elderly people are often interested are:- Wills Powers of Attorney Concerns about costs of residential/nursing care Equity Release Advice regarding dementia/mental incapacity Individuals are free to obtain legal advice from wherever they choose.   The advice could be from a … Read More

What is the Court of Protection?

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The Court of Protection (CoP) appoints people to make decisions for those who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves and resolves disputes about decisions for such people. If the person who lacks capacity has not made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and they have lost capacity, it is likely that someone … Read More

Support for those affected by the collapse of The Will Writing Company Limited

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Due to the recent liquidation of The Will Writing Company Limited (part of the Estate Planning Group), who were based in Ruddington Nottingham, Morrish Solicitors are pleased to offer a fully inclusive and comparable service for all of your wills and estate planning requirements. We are accredited by Lexcel (The Law Society’s practice management standard) and are members of Solicitors for … Read More

Have You Got Your Digital Assets in Order?

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Have You Got Your Digital Assets in Order - Morrish Solicitors

Have you got your digital assets in order? Many people don’t include their digital assets when planning their estate, but they should be included the same as other assets. In this article, our specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors explain the importance of having your digital assets in order. Have You Got Your Digital Assets in Order? What are Digital Assets? … Read More

Residence Nil Rate Bands

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It seems that Residence Nil Rate Bands are here to stay. Complicated as they are, they provide for an increase in the Nil Rate Band against Inheritance Tax (IHT) for people who have had a property in which they have resided and who leave it to their “direct descendants”. Putting it simply, the Nil Rate Band is a tax free … Read More

Lasting Powers of Attorney – helpful or not?

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Denzil Lush, former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned the public recently that he believed Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) may leave elderly people open to abuse. An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a … Read More

Morrish Solicitors one of highest donating firms for Will Aid

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John Coulhurst from Will Aid popped over to our Yeadon office this morning to present Tom Morrish with a certificate for being one of the highest donating firms in West Yorkshire (4th). An amazing £34,496 raised since being part of Will Aid and £5,490 this year. Peter de Vena Franks from Will Aid said: “This really is a huge amount … Read More

Proposed probate fee increase scrapped

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The proposed probate fee hike was scrapped last week. Tom Morrish, Head of our Wills and Probate department and Yorkshire Regional Coordinator for Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) said: “We are delighted to hear the proposed probate fees have been dropped. It was very clear from the offset that the new system was nothing more than a backdoor tax and … Read More

BREAKING NEWS – Increase in Probate Court Fees

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When applying for a Grant of Representation (this is the document required to enable the Personal Representatives of the estate to deal with the deceased’s estate) the Personal Representatives are aware that there will be a court fee payable. It is currently a manageable amount of £155 via a solicitor, £215 without the assistance of a solicitor and £0 if … Read More

Poorly drawn up wills can result in loved ones missing out inheritance

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Failure to draw up accurately-written wills is resulting in families being unable to take control of their loved one’s estates when they pass away, a legal expert has claimed. Tom Morrish, regional co-ordinator for Yorkshire with SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), said wills drawn up by unregulated and unqualified personnel do not offer the same protections as those drawn up … Read More

The mysteries of the Court of Protection

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What is the Court of Protection? This is the Court which deals with matters relating to the affairs of people who are not able to handle their own affairs.  Typically it deals with cases where elderly people develop dementia or other illnesses affecting mental capacity, which means that the individual is not able to manage their own financial affairs.  Other … Read More

Where is your Will?

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When making a Will it is important to know where the original document is kept. If a Solicitor has made your Will you may have been given the option to leave the original Will with your solicitor for safekeeping in their deed store department. If this is the case then you will most probably have received a copy of your … Read More

The Importance of Instructing a Solicitor or Professional when Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful and important legal document.  By making a Lasting Power of Attorney you are setting up an arrangement which will potentially give someone authority to deal with everything you own and your personal care at a time when you will be at your most vulnerable. The benefits of using a solicitor/professional are as … Read More

No Inheritance Tax on estates worth up to £1 million? Not quite!

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George Osborne announced the introduction of an additional Inheritance Tax (IHT) Nil Rate Band (NRB) for a person’s main residence in the Summer 2015 Budget. This was good news for with wealth tied up in their family home. The existing NRB of £325,000 per person or £650,000 per couple, on which 40% IHT is not paid, will remain the same. But from … Read More