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The Life of a Trainee Solicitor

September 28, 2018 | Practice News

There’s a lot to being a trainee solicitor. At this point you’ve been building up your skillset and education for years, accruing experience and expertise along the way. Now the nature of the game has changed – you’re moved away from making coffee and filing duties and instead plied with legal knowledge, complex file management(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)

So, Have You Sorted Out Your Will Yet?

September 20, 2018 | Wills and Probate

“So, have you sorted out your Will yet?” Now that is a difficult question to respond to. Wills are a very personal affair and sometimes it can feel very difficult to speak to someone and lay your life out on paper. It can be difficult as well to validate the cost.  There’s always something more(Read more)

Owens v Owens: Divorce Reform on the Horizon?

September 10, 2018 | Family Services

The Supreme Court has rejected a petitioner wife’s appeal against a decision dismissing her divorce petition sparking calls for reform to the divorce system. In England and wales divorce can only be granted on the basis that the marriage has broken down irretrievably (s.1(1) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA)). The court will only hold that(Read more)

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)