Cervical Screening

The Importance of Cervical Screening

Each year in the UK, approximately 3,000 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. In the early stages of the disease, there are often no obvious symptoms present, therefore, the best way to protect yourself is by attending cervical screening appointments. The NHS invites all women in England aged 25 – 49 for screening every 3 […]

Winter Holiday

Ski Slopes or Sunny Skies

In an attempt to avoid the cold days and dark nights, many people are jetting off on holiday, some in search of relaxation in the sunshine, others heading for fun on the ski slopes. For many people, the weeks prior to a holiday, whether sun or snow filled, involve ticking items off the ‘to do’ […]

Waiting Times

NHS Waiting Times

The NHS has specified timeframes in which patients should see a cancer specialist and commence treatment. Unfortunately, in some cases, these timescales are not being met. Patients with suspected cancer should be seen by a specialist within 14 days of GP referral. In cases where cancer has been diagnosed, all patients should start treatment within […]

Will

I don’t agree with the contents of my parents’ will. Can it be changed?

Sometimes the contents of a loved one’s Will are surprising, do not make sense, and at worst you may feel that the Will does not treat the next of kin or other beneficiaries fairly. While the person who made the Will may have done so with the best intentions, the beneficiaries may feel that certain […]

Mirror Will

I made a mirror will with my spouse who has now died. Do I need to do anything?

Mirror wills are a popular choice for most married couples. They are usually almost identical in their drafting, leaving everything to the surviving spouse on the first death and then to children or more distant relatives when the second spouse dies. In many cases, a Grant of Probate will not be required on the first […]

Organ Donation

Your Organ Donation Choices

There is currently a message being widely shared on social media, which says “I don’t want to be buried with a single organ in my body. Give them to a child that has spent more time inside the hospital than outside playing. My eyes will give a grandma vision to see her grandchildren. My lungs […]

Domestic Abuse

New Domestic Abuse Bill

Domestic violence currently affects an estimated 2 million adults every year, creating both immediate and sustained physical and emotional harm to victims. In fact, at the year ending March 2018, 24.9% of women and 10% of men aged 16 to 59 had been abused by a partner. The Government have this week published a new […]

A loved one has passed away. As Executor, what do I need to do now?

The first thing you will need to do is to locate the person’s last valid will. This may be kept at home, at a solicitor’s office, a bank or at the Probate Registry. You will need to find the original Will, since the Probate Registry (Court) will not usually accept a copy. Having seen the […]

Wills And Probate

What is Probate?

Technically, “Probate” means applying for the court’s permission to deal with a person’s estate after they have died. It is the process of sending the original Will to the Probate Registry and submitting a tax return form to HM Revenue and Customs dealing with the Inheritance tax position.  Even if there is no inheritance tax […]