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Publish date

19 March 2024

Here for You – March 2024

Welcome to the latest Here for You. In this edition, we have included a range of articles from across our Wills, Estate & Tax Planning, Probate, Employment, Court of Protection and Family teams.

We provide insight on what the 2024 Budget means for you, as well as shedding light on the importance of the Herbert Protocol. We consider the latest law on carer’s leave and are delighted to introduce our new Court of Protection Partner, Claire Busuttil. We look at the alternatives to court when going through the divorce process, how to prevent and combat challenges to wills in a blended family and offer advice as to how assisted conception can impact estate planning. Finally, we explore disputes between trustees and beneficiaries.

As always, if you have any questions about these or any other topics, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

What does the Budget mean for you?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget on 6 March. Here, lawyers from our Estates, Tax & Succession, Family and Residential Property & Conveyancing teams look at what it means for you.

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The Herbert Protocol

Claire Busuttil and Fiona Higgott talk about the Herbert Protocol, a national scheme that encourages carers, family and friends to put together, in advance, useful information, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

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The new law on carer’s leave explained

New legislation regarding carer’s leave will provide employees with a right to take a week’s unpaid leave per year to care for a dependant. The new law is due to come into force on 6 April 2024. Nick Hobden outlines what employers need to be aware of.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore appoints new Partner

Thomson Snell & Passmore has welcomed Claire Busuttil as a Partner to its well respected Court of Protection team.

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Taking the fight out of divorce: alternatives to court

Going through a divorce can be an incredibly difficult time. While in some cases there is no alternative but to involve the family courts, it is often not in anyone’s best interest to do so. Helen Waite explores Alternative Dispute Resolution options to consider and that we can assist with

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How to prevent and combat challenges to wills in a blended family

In 2021 it was estimated that one third of UK families were ‘blended’, meaning the family contains a combination of parents, new partners and / or children from the old and new relationships. Given this accounts for over 6 million families it is crucial that the legal consequences of the increasingly common modern family are carefully considered.

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Estate planning and assisted conception

Amy Lane highlights how assisted conception can raise questions when it comes to estate planning.

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Beneficiaries in dispute with trustees

Whilst it is never the intention when they are created, a variety of disputes can arise in relation to trusts. Nasima Ansary explores disputes between trustees and beneficiaries.

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