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Government Launches Consultation on Plastic Packaging Tax

March 12, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HM Treasury and DEFRA have launched a consultation on the plastic packaging tax announced in Budget 2018. The proposed tax would be levied on the production and import of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content. With 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging used each year, the vast majority of which is made from(Read more)

HMG Law hosts regional Dementia Friends Champions & Communities event

March 06, 2019 | Wills and Probate

On Friday 22 February, HMG Law was proud to host the Oxfordshire networking and support meeting for Dementia Friends Champions & Communities at its office in central Oxford. Organised by Ellie Marcus, the Dementia Friends Regional Support Office for the South Central region, the event brought together 16 local professionals and volunteers who either work(Read more)

The Government's Proposed New Probate Fees

February 26, 2019 | Wills and Probate

In January 2019, the country saw an average increase in train fares of 3.1%, sparking national outrage. With no change to the quality or quantity of the service provided by train companies, consumers found it difficult to stomach such an increase. Why then, does an increase in probate fees that is as high as £6,000(Read more)

Suspicious Minds

January 07, 2019 | Wills and Probate

HMRC is calling for comments in respect of making “the taxation of trusts simpler, fairer and more transparent”. The consultation document published in November 2018 focuses on the principle of transparency, especially in relation to non-resident trusts. The names Common Reporting Standard and Trust Registration Service already strike fear into the heart of anyone dealing(Read more)

Santander Stung

January 03, 2019 | Wills and Probate

    Retail and commercial bank Santander has been fined nearly £33m by the Financial Conduct Authority for not closing the accounts of deceased customers. The failure of the bereavement team to “effectively process the accounts and investments of deceased customers” impacted over 40,000 accounts according to the FCA report, and resulted in over £183m(Read more)

Private Client price list

December 06, 2018 | Wills and Probate

ADMINISTRATION OF AN ESTATE Price List At  HMG LAW LLP  we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult and that it can be overwhelming to know exactly what you need to do. Our team of Private Client lawyers have been assisting families in Oxfordshire for nearly 200 years. We have(Read more)

HMG Welcomes Rachel Dullforce to the Wills & Probate Department

November 07, 2018 | Wills and Probate

HMG has recently welcomed Rachel Dullforce to the Wills & Probate department. Rachel is a Senior Solicitor and is based in our Oxford office. Rachel has a great deal of experience in advising clients on matters ranging from straightforward Wills to complex estates. She specialises in probate and estate administration, the preparation of Wills and(Read more)

Civil Partnerships: More Choices for Couples but a Will is Still a Must

November 01, 2018 | Wills and Probate

  The Government used the recent Conservative Party Conference to announce plans for heterosexual couples to be allowed to enter into civil-partnerships as an alternative to the traditional marriage. Until now, this option has only been available to same-sex couples and the move comes as a result of a decision by the Supreme Court this(Read more)

Recent Case Law

October 09, 2018 | Wills and Probate

Gestrust SA -v- sixteen defendants [2016] EWHC 3067 (Ch) A trustee was entitled, through two nominee companies, to the entire share capital of A Limited.  The trust had been created by a builder and developer, who had settled a valuable portfolio of residential properties which was now held either by A Limited or its wholly(Read more)

Gift Aid: It Can Help You Too

September 25, 2018 | Wills and Probate

  ‘Gift Aid’ is a term that most of us will be familiar with. From the sponsorship form handed round the office, entries to stately homes, to donating old clothes to a charity shop, we are often asked if we want to tick the Gift Aid box. This donation supersizer allows you to add up(Read more)