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A lawyer’s and bird’s eye view of mergers and acquisitions

September 25, 2017

A merger is when two business entities agree to continue as a single form. An acquisition is when one entity takes over another and establishes itself as the new owner. For legal purposes acquisitions can be characterised as either ‘asset purchases’, in which the seller sells business assets to the buyer, or ‘share purchases’, 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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Mum’s just had her diagnosis. What do we do now?

July 15, 2017

As specialists in this area, we know this is a hugely distressing time for you. This can be made easier if your loved one has good legal paperwork. We help with the creation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) for both financial and welfare matters. If they have already completed an Enduring Power…

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It’s time for a change – restructuring and reorganisations

June 15, 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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The changing landscape of Maidenhead

May 15, 2017

Michael Stone, managing partner at Colemans Solicitors LLP, talks about the changing face of Maidenhead over the past 30 years Who we are Colemans have been servicing both the commercial and private legal needs of the community in Berkshire since 1948 and in this article, I shall look at the Maidenhead area particularly over the…

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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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Share options beat the Christmas bonus

April 15, 2017

Finding new and inexpensive ways to reward good staff can prove to be very challenging for many businesses. However, incentivising employees in the form of share option schemes can be a great vehicle for rewarding staff especially if you are a new start-up company and you don’t necessarily have the resources to meet your best…

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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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