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It’s Time for a Change – Restructuring & Reorganisations

December 13, 2017

During their life-time all companies, businesses, partnerships and sole traders will have to react to personal, economic, financial and political change (or indeed anticipate it and take proactive action) as certain factors become more salient at any given point in time. Organisations that refuse to change with the times face the risk of becoming obsolete…

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Industrial shed to home

November 23, 2017

A new permitted development right allowing light industrial buildings to be used for residential purposes without the need for planning permission came into effect on 1st October 2017. The change of use will be subject to a process of prior approval from the Local Planning Authority similar to that applicable when looking to change offices…

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Colemans win again!

November 15, 2017

Partners Kate Williams and Michael Stone who recently attended the Symphony Legal Conference and Awards, were delighted to accept an award on behalf of the firm for the “Most Innovative Marketing Idea”. The firm won this Award because of their innovative use of the firm’s website to showcase its’ support for the various charitable causes…

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Colemans welcomes Victoria Lloyd-White

October 31, 2017

Maidenhead based firm Colemans Solicitors LLP is pleased to welcome a new member to the Commercial Property team. Victoria Lloyd-White joins Colemans from a firm in Oxfordshire and brings with her a wealth of commercial property transaction experience from her previous posts working in-house for a Local Authority and in private practice for firms in…

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Is Making a Lasting Power of Attorney “Risky”?

August 15, 2017

Denzil Lush, former head of the Court of Protection, is reported on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning (15th August) warning of the risks of making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and of the lack of safeguards in the LPA system. Michael Cutler, Senior Partner of Colemans Solicitors, comments “It is perfectly…

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Government shelves increase in probate fees

April 21, 2017

The government has announced this morning that the proposed dramatic increase in probate fees has been shelved. Whether this is (as announced) because there is no Parliamentary time available before the election, or whether the government has belatedly responded to the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal, we welcome this announcement. There was no moral…

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Ilott –v- Mitson: Back to Square One

March 20, 2017

The case of Ilott v Mitson hit the headlines in July last year, because a court overturned a mother’s Will, taking £164,000 (out of about £450,000) away from the charities she intended to benefit, and giving it to the daughter from whom she had been estranged for much of her life. Now the Supreme Court…

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Probate Fee Hike

February 28, 2017

Government proposals just announced will add thousands of pounds to the cost of winding up many estates in this area, up to £20,000 in some cases. Probate Court fees are set to rise from a flat £155 to a sliding-scale fee related to the value of the estate.  This will impact most on estates where…

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