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What happens to my music collection when I die?

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 28th September 2016

In the past, this wasn’t much of an issue, if you owned records or CD’s, you could leave them to family or friends, named in your will, along with your other belongings. Nowadays, many of us download our music (along with films and books), but this means that we don’t actually own these items, and they are not assets at all, but just licences to use a product that is owned by someone else. When we die, that licence dies with us.

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Criminal Record: What you need to know

Freya Colvin

Posted by Freya Colvin | Solicitor
On 27th September 2016

Being arrested, cautioned or convicted of a crime can be a daunting experience but the long term effects of having a criminal record can make it even worse. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs. Earlier this month Unlock, a charity which assists those with convictions, launched a new website that encourages companies to recruit people with criminal records.

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Considerations for the over 55’s when making a will

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 26th September 2016

If you are in a new relationship, with children from a previous relationship
You may want to provide for your current partner by leaving them a life interest in your share of the home i.e. a right to live in it during their lifetime, but when they die, provide that your share will pass to your children…

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It must be true, I read it in the paper…

Emma Wray

Posted by Emma Wray | Senior Associate
On 23rd September 2016

Newspaper front pages are filled with the news that bisphosponates are being denied to breast cancer patients because of confusion over who will fund the treatment, but when i editor Oliver Duff chooses this is a subject of his editorial and amidst the general outcry from cancer charities and oncologists is there hope that NHS England may speed up their work on updated guidelines on use of the drug?

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Adverts that promise you can avoid care home fees are seriously misleading

Philippa Barton

Posted by Philippa Barton | Partner
On 22nd September 2016

Many people are concerned that the cost of their future care home fees will reduce their childrens’ inheritance. So they are interested in finding ways to avoid having to pay fees. The local authority has a duty to provide residential care for the elderly and disabled if such care is needed. The local authority carry out a means test and if you have more than £23,250 in capital then you must pay the care home fees from your own funds without any assistance from the public purse.

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