August 28

The Danger of Homemade Wills

The number of High Court disputes relating to wills has jumped more than a third in five years, as increasing numbers of people are writing their own. Nigel Jones of JMD Law said that last year almost four out of 10 people executed wills without calling in an expert despite the danger of being sued by family members: “Homemade Wills may result in a legal dispute if someone does not think they have been left what they were promised, the wording is ambiguous or it has not been signed correctly. It really is a false economy to try and do your own rather than use an experienced solicitor, to try and save the fee”. Six in 10 Briton have failed to write a will, according to research by Which? Legal.

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July 05

Nurse arrested over murder of eight babies

Nurse arrested over murder of eight babies A neonatal nurse has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempted murder of another six babies at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Police are investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016. Jane Rogers of JMD Law said: "Families have been devastated by this recent news. I am hopeful that the investigation can provide answers for the families of these children. Anyone affected by this tragedy can contact me on 02920 456780 for advice. I am accredited by the Foundation for Infant Loss to provide specialist legal advice to bereaved families”.

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May 29

Executors Liable for IHT!

Executors take care – you might be liable for IHT even if you are not a beneficiary. One case offers a cautionary tale. Glyne Harris was left owing HMRC £340,000 in death duties after discharging the assets of an estate on what he claims was the understanding that the beneficiary would pay the IHT owed. But the beneficiary left the country for Barbados without paying up. Mr Harris launched an appeal but tribunal judge Nicholas Aleksander rejected it. Nigel Jones of JMD Law, commented: "It doesn't necessarily depend on the size of the estate, but it can pay to instruct a lawyer where, as in the case with Mr Harris, inheritance tax is payable."

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May 16

New Vacancy for Court of Protection Practitioner

Court of Protection Practitioner Working within our Professional Deputyship Team under the supervision of Nigel Jones. Grade A or B candidate preferred but must have some COP, Wills & Probate experience. Common sense and the ability to work in a team environment is essential. For full details, please email your CV to

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