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News articles from our specialist Wills and Probate team covering all the latest updates on wide-ranging issues including inheritance tax, contested probate and court of protection issues.
Court Of Protection Order – What Is It And What Does It Mean?

Time icon 20 February 2018 | Person icon Grace Serwanga

If a family member loses the ability to make decisions with no Lasting Power of Attorney in place, the Court of Protection may be required to intervene.

Debt, Wills & The Importance Of Life Insurance And Assurance

Time icon 14 February 2018 | Person icon Nur Al-Zubeydi

Leaving behind debt after you die can cause serious complications for your loved ones.

The Benefits Of Writing A Will Today

Time icon 24 January 2018 | Person icon Sarah Ali

Writing a Will is something to take care of sooner rather than later if you want your last wishes to be carried out correctly.

Mistress Battles Widow Over £2.5m Fortune

Time icon 23 January 2018 | Person icon Nur Al-Zubeydi

A fierce legal battle is currently underway between the widow of a wealthy businessman and his alleged mistress.

Australian Court Accept Unsent Text As Valid Will

Time icon 23 October 2017 | Person icon Simpson Millar LLP

A Deceased Australian man's unsent text has been accepted as a valid Will. Find out what this could mean for British Wills here.

Supporting Crisis At Christmas

Time icon 12 December 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

Find out how Fairpoint and Simpson Millar are helping to tackle homelessness by supporting the Crisis at Christmas scheme.

Clarification Of DoLS Challenges And Funding – The Case Of Re Briggs

Time icon 28 November 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

Simpson Millars Court of Protection solicitor explains some of the important points made about DoLS challenges in the case of Re Briggs

Listening To People With Dementia

Time icon 17 November 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

Simpson Millar investigates how the Department of Healths new dementia programme will help improve the lives of those with the condition and their carers.

Is Adult Social Care Funding In Crisis?

Time icon 16 November 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

A 2016 report has found that a lack of funding has left the adult social care system in crisis. Simpson Millars Court of Protection solicitor investigates

Raising Money For Charity – Walk The Thames 2016!

Time icon 26 October 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

Simpson Millars solicitors are taking part in the Walk the Thames 2016 charity event to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust.

Social Care And NHS Services Are Struggling To Support The Elderly

Time icon 7 October 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

A Nuffield Trust & Kings Fund report has shown that social care/NHS services are struggling to support the elderly – Simpson Millar investigates.

Man Contests Ex-Mother-in-Law's Will

Time icon 16 June 2016 | Person icon Greg Cox

A man who was promised an equal share of inherited money in a divorce settlement has been granted permission to challenge his ex-Mother-in-Law's will.

Lynda Bellingham's Inheritance Dispute: A Stark Reminder to Put Your Wishes in a Will

Time icon 9 May 2016 | Person icon Sarah Ali

Lynda Bellingham's sons have spoken out about their inheritance row with her widower, Michael Pattermore.

Sign o' the Times

Time icon 29 April 2016 | Person icon Sarah Ali

There appears to have been a number of celebrity deaths in the recent months, with Prince being one of the most recent losses.

The Importance of Appropriate Communication when Assessing Capacity

Time icon 4 April 2016 | Person icon Zena Soormally

Zena Soormally specialises in Court of Protection work. Today she highlights some specific issues when helping people on the autism spectrum.

Dignity Action Day: How Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Protect The Dignity of those in Care

Time icon 1 February 2016 | Person icon Julie Cornes

It is Dignity Action Day on the 1st February, supported by the National Dignity Council

Your Say and Control – End of Life Choices Matter

Time icon 27 January 2016 | Person icon Simpson Millar LLP

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides the legal framework for making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack mental capacity.

Relatives Challenging Unfair Wills in Growing Numbers

Time icon 21 January 2016 | Person icon Sarah Ali

A new survey has revealed some fascinating differences in the way people think about inheritance

How To: Spot Financial Abuse

Time icon 4 January 2016 | Person icon James Skinner

Financial abuse is the most recorded type of abuse in the UK.

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