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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 Complication of Interpretation

February 28, 2019 |

The law provides guidance, a safe path on which to tread the most precarious of grounds. Whilst this pillar of clarity and counsel is a key value of the legal profession, not everything can be accounted for. Outdated wording and ambiguous interpretation means that while the law can be incredibly useful, it is not perfect.(Read more)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)

Forces Help to Buy Scheme Extended for 2019

February 12, 2019 | Residential Property

What is the Scheme? This is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) Scheme designed to help regular armed forces personnel onto the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment(Read more)

The Benefits of Seeking Legal Advice on Relationship Breakdown

January 09, 2019 | Family Services

If the emotional impact of a breakdown of a relationship is not bad enough, it will usually be accompanied by the need to make a host of difficult decisions, including the arrangements for children, division of any assets and possible continuing financial support.   Clients often believe that instructing a solicitor will only serve to(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)

Divorcing a Narcissist

January 04, 2019 | Family Services

Sally Challen was jailed for the murder of her husband in 2011 but could a new law recognising psychological manipulation as a form of domestic abuse be a defence in her appeal hearing next month? See this BBC news article for more information. Does your partner belittle you, or put you down, blame you for(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)

Fixed Fees for Divorce

December 21, 2018 | Family Services

Christina Cree, Family Solicitor Bicester and Oxford. When a relationship ends it can be a confusing and stressful time for all involved. With astronomical figures for celebrity divorces frequently published in the press, many clients are concerned about the costs associated with getting divorced. Divorces need not be complicated, particularly if both parties have agreed(Read more)

We Got Through Christmas, Now What?: Advice on Separation and Divorce

December 21, 2018 | Family Services

The festive period can be an exciting time, however if you are in the midst of a relationship breakdown it can also be very stressful. Many couples, particularly those with children, choose to wait until the New Year before beginning to think about separation or divorce and financial proceedings. At HMG Law LLP we believe(Read more)