Wills and estate planning

Making a Will that's right for you

Care system receives 60 year overhaul

Today sees that arrival of the long awaited Care Act 2014.

With the UK’s population living longer and leading more active lives well into retirement, it is recognised that England’s health and social care system has not kept up with the demands of an ageing population.  The Care Act represents the biggest overhaul in the care system for over 60 years and includes rights for those receiving care and those who provide it to their friends and family members. 

Changes introduced by the Care Act today include the following:

A 2015 text book proprietary estoppel case; farmers and business owners beware

Proprietary estoppel arises when someone is given a clear assurance that they will acquire a right over property, they reasonably rely on the assurance and they act substantially to their detriment on the strength of the assurance.

Cardiff's High Court has awarded £1.3 million to Eirian Davies to settle her proprietary estoppel claim on her parents' Carmarthenshire farm.

Miss Davies worked for many years for the farming business for little, or no, payment on the understanding that it would eventually be hers.

Executors gunning for 5 years in prison? How do you deal with the deceased’s firearm or shotgun?

There are over 170,000 firearms licences and in the region of 620,000 shotgun licenses on issue in the UK.

Main offences relating to firearms and shotguns

Under the Firearms Act 1968 (‘FA 1968’) it is an offence to have in possession or to purchase or acquire a firearm or a shotgun without an authorised certificate; the offences are strict liability so there is no defence.

Who do they think they are? Wills made available online to the public

People will be able to find out more about their family histories as millions of Wills are made available to the public through a searchable online database.

The project will also help people research the last wishes of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The database is the result of an innovative project conducted by H M Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and a storage information management company and will enable access to the Government’s archive of 41 million Wills dating back to 1858.

Parkinson’s UK teams up with Stone King to give practical advice and share invaluable information and ideas on support networks

Parkinson’s and me: creating your safety net, finding the balance

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s can take away your control of everyday life and all those things you take for granted.

Join us on Tuesday 3 February 2015 to hear how others have dealt with their own Parkinson’s diagnoses and how they have created personal ‘safety nets’ to take back control and go on living as normally as possible.

The speakers, which will constitute the expert panel, will discuss living and working with Parkinson’s, accessing care and anticipating financial concerns.

Stone King supports Cancer Research UK vision to beat cancer sooner

Our Bath, London and Cambridge offices are participating in CRUK’s Free Will service.  For further details see http://www.cancerresearchuk.org. If you are interested in this service please contact Rod Smith (London/Cambridge) or Alison Allen (Bath).  We are also supporting The Visionaries, a club for philanthropists who have pledged a substantial legacy to Cancer Research UK.

Stone King Welcomes 200th Member to their Team

Stone King has appointed its 200th person as the Bath based law firm continues with ambitious plans to grow its regional and national legal teams.

Sean Knight, who joins Stone King as a paralegal in the trusts and estates team, was welcomed to the firm by Managing Partner Steven Greenwood.

Mr Knight’s arrival marks a major milestone for Stone King which has been providing legal advice to local people for more than 225 years.


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