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Why you should use a lawyer to prepare your will

Making a will is one of the best things you can do to ensure your family are taken care of when you die and that your money, property and other belongings are passed on to the people or good causes you have chosen. To make a valid will there are certain requirements that need to […]

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Talking about West Lancashire Dementia Friendly Community

Talking about West Lancashire Dementia Friendly Community

The West Lancashire Dementia Friendly Community have been taking action against dementia, as part of Dementia Action Week by recording a series of six short videos to provide an insight into their work. Watch these valuable first-hand accounts from people diagnosed with dementia, their relatives and members of the West Lancashire Dementia Friendly Community and […]

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Paying a deceased relative’s debts

Paying a deceased relative’s debts

When a person dies someone needs to sort out their affairs.  Very often responsibility for doing this falls on the person’s relatives, either because they have been named as an executor in the will or because they have been given permission from the Probate Registry where no will exists. Paying for the funeral and settling […]

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Pam Hughes

Making financial gifts during your lifetime

In an earlier article, Pam Hughes, wills and probate specialist with Mooney Everett Solicitors in Ormskirk, Lancashire, explained how making gifts of money or property during your lifetime could help reduce the inheritance tax payable on your estate when you die.  In this article she looks at how making potentially exempt lifetime transfers, under what is known as […]

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How to apply for a grant of probate

If someone you know has died, and you have been asked to deal with their affairs, you need to be able to prove that you have the legal right to do this.  Otherwise, you will run into difficulties when trying to access their bank accounts or sell their property and belongings.  The only way to […]

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Pam Hughes

Legal ways to reduce inheritance tax

Having worked hard throughout our lives, saved and invested carefully, we may wish to leave something to pass on to our children, loved ones and perhaps a charity that we support. Pam Hughes, wills and probate lawyer at Mooney Everett Solicitors in Ormskirk, Lancashire advises that there are many ways to reduce inheritance tax, but […]

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Leaving a gift to charity in your will

Time spent with family and friends over the festive period can make you realise how precious life is and the importance of ensuring that those you love and care about are provided for when you die.  Among those you wish to benefit from your will may be a charitable organisation, but occasionally leaving gifts to […]

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