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Woman granted £1.2m from father’s estate even after family fall-out

By Lambert Pugh News Team | July 15, 2019

A woman has been granted £1.2m despite being written out of her father’s will after they had disputes in the later years of his life. The judge found that the woman was eligible for the monies as she had worked on the family farm for 30 years to enable her in inherit it. Lucy Ann…

Christian campaigner loses court case over mother’s will

By Lambert Pugh News Team | June 24, 2019

The leader of the political group, the Christian People’s Alliance, has lost a court battle with his sister over their mother’s will. Sidney Cordle gained national prominence in 2014 while campaigning against same-sex marriage. Mr Cordle’s mother Peggy died in 2016 at the age of 93, leaving a house worth £300,000 and £60,000 in cash.…

Digital signatures make it easier to re-mortgage

By Lambert Pugh News Team | June 17, 2019

The Land Registry says its commitment to developing new digital services is making the process of buying a home simpler and quicker. One of its main innovations is a system allowing homeowners to re-mortgage their property by signing their mortgage deeds online. Lord Henley, the minister with responsibility for the Land Registry, said: “People are…

Cohabiting couples ‘should have automatic right to inherit’

By Lambert Pugh News Team | June 10, 2019

A leading lawyers’ association has criticised the government’s refusal to give cohabiting couples automatic rights to inherit if one of the partners dies without making a will. Under current law, a surviving partner must apply to the court to obtain financial provision or a share of the estate if their partner died intestate, that is,…

Government supports Lasting Powers of Attorney

By Lambert Pugh News Team | June 3, 2019

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that people taking out Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are given the help and protection they need. LPAs enable you to nominate someone such as a family member or trusted associate to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the ability to do so yourself…

Stamp duty surcharge ‘could reduce house price inflation’

By Lambert Pugh News Team | March 25, 2019

The government is considering a stamp duty surcharge for non-UK resident homebuyers to reduce house price inflation and provide funds to help the homeless. The Treasury is conducting a study to consider how a new 1% increase to stamp duty costs for non-UK residents buying residential property in England and Northern Ireland would work. This…