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The Presumption Against Double Portions

September 03, 2018 | Wills and Probate

It is often the case that a testator or testatrix will, during their lifetime, assist one or more of their children with paying the school fees of their grandchildren and in these circumstances it is important to consider including a provision in their Will as to whether these payments are to be brought into account(Read more)

HMG is Recruiting! Legal Secretaries, Legal Assistants, Paralegal, Administration Assistant

August 29, 2018 | Practice News

HMG is Recruiting! We are seeking experienced Legal Secretaries, Legal Assistants and Paralegals for our Oxford and Bicester offices.  Primarily we are focussing on Private Client (Oxford) and Residential Conveyancing (Bicester).   We are also seeking an Administration Assistant to work part-time in our busy Oxford office. Please see our Careers page for more information on(Read more)

Dementia Friends: An Invitation to Join Us at Bicester's Wednesday Business Club

August 10, 2018 | Out and About

Following on from his successful seminar during Dementia Action Week in May, Ben Saunders, a Private Client solicitor at HMG Law in Bicester, invites you to join him at Bicester’s weekly Wednesday Breakfast Club on Wednesday 22 August to become a Dementia Friend (an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society). When:         (Read more)

Cost of Applying to be a Deputy is Reduced from 25 July 2018

July 27, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Court Fee for applying to be appointed as a Deputy for a relative or friend who has lost mental capacity is being reduced to £385 from 25 July 2018. This is, therefore, an appropriate time to consider making a Deputy application if a loved-one has lost the ability to manage his or her own(Read more)

Supreme Court Confirms That Ex-Wives Cannot Expect a ‘Second Bite of the Cherry’ Years After Divorce

July 20, 2018 | Family Services

Divorcees seeking a “second bite of the cherry” have been dealt a blow by the Supreme Court who ruled this week in the case of Mills and Mills that a wife could not expect the Court to increase the periodical payments (also known as spousal maintenance) she was receiving from her ex-husband to cover her(Read more)

Private Residence Relief - 5 Key Points

July 19, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Holmes and Rahe stress scale is a list of the 43 most stressful life events, and at no. 33 is moving house – with trouble with your boss and your spouse stopping work right up there too. Presumably, the 2018 World Cup is no. 1! There is enough to think about when moving house,(Read more)

The World Cup of Wills

July 16, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The football World Cup has sadly come to an end for another 4 years (or 4½ years, to be precise, with the announcement that Qatar 2022 will be the first ‘winter’ World Cup, taking place in November and December 2022). Watching the thousands of fans from at least 32 different nationalities mixing freely in cities(Read more)

A STEP in the Right Direction

July 16, 2018 | Practice News

After two years of exams, I am pleased to say that I have finally qualified as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP)! In order to attain full STEP membership, and therefore be able to call oneself a ‘TEP’, one needs to complete a Certificate and a Diploma in trusts(Read more)

Holiday Checklist

July 12, 2018 | Family Services

With the holiday season fast approaching have you got your holiday checklist in order?     Passports packed     Bags packed    Sun cream packed  X       Permission to take children abroad? You are all set for your summer holiday, the last thing on your mind may be getting your ex-partner’s permission to(Read more)

A Knotty Topic

July 10, 2018 | Residential Property

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in favour of two homeowners in a legal battle relating to Japanese Knotweed. The homeowners owned adjoining semi-detached bungalows in South Wales. Japanese Knotweed, notorious for its fast ferocious growth and ability to grow between slabs of concrete, was present on nearby land owned by Network Rail.(Read more)