The Office of the Public Guardian has come under pressure this week after it was revealed that the number of people drawing up lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) has doubled to half a million in the last two years. But why have LPAs grown in popularity? And are the thousands of people flocking to draw…

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For many people seeking a divorce, the risk of losing home comforts is not the first thing on their mind. But the results of a recent UK-wide study of over 230 divorcees over-50 show that more than one in four late-life divorces in end in the sale of the family home. The divorce-rate among the…

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The recent decision by the Appeal court to take a stand against ‘divorce tourism’ has shown the fragility of marriage disputes which take place abroad. The appeal of Catherine De Renee against the divorce settlement agreed with her ex-husband, Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, in Australia was rejected by the English court on the grounds that the…

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DBS Heart celebrated the St. George’s Day weekend by showing support for two regional charities in the Midlands. DBS Heart announced a £500 donation to Winston’s Wish at their Birmingham office while Nottinghamshire Hospice were the guests of honour at an English garden party in Nottingham. Winston’s Wish offers practical support and guidance to bereaved…

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Members of the band Led Zeppelin are facing court regarding the opening chords to their 1971 hit ‘Stairway to Heaven’. A US district judge has sent the case to a jury trial in the States after ruling that the chords of the Led Zeppelin classic are similar enough to those of Spirit’s 1967 instrumental song…

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Midlands law firm DBS Law will be holding their breath on May 12th as they go up for two prestigious awards. The firm is shortlisted in categories at both the National CSR Awards at The Crystal in London and the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards at the ICC in Birmingham. It was…

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Private client solicitors are warning will executors of their liability after a recent survey found that 96% of will executors do not realise that they are legally liable for the accurate distribution of a deceased’s estate. Further findings in the survey conducted by Censuswide Castleacre Insurance included that more than 1 in 10 executors described…

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With the news currently warning redundancies in certain industries across the country, you may hear about employers engaging in offering their employees a settlement agreement. Typically, settlement agreements are given to employees when they are being made redundant – and deciding whether or not you should accept one is a big question. To help, we’ve…

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DBS Law today announced their partnership with Cancer Research UK as a participant in the charity’s Free Will Service. Supporters of Cancer Research UK aged over 55 can write or update a simple will with DBS Law. Legacy gifts constitute a third of research funding given out by the charity, which goes towards finding out…

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Gender pay gap reports are to become mandatory from October 2016, thanks to new regulations to the Equalities Act 2010 (the Act). New regulations being published on Saturday, will make it compulsory for organisations with over 250 employees to share details about their differences in pay & bonus payments between male and female employees. The…

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