11 04, 2018

How can setting up a trust reduce inheritance tax?

2018-04-02T13:14:02+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

Inheritance tax can come as quite a shock. The current rate is 40% for anything above £325,000. And while this might sound like a lot of cash, with average house prices around £230,000 in the UK – going up to £500,000 in London – that [...]

28 03, 2018

Living Wills and Powers of Attorney

2018-02-07T09:14:26+00:00 March 28th, 2018|

As a nation we are increasingly aware of the problems of an ageing population. This is particularly so with respect to what happens to us if we’re not able to make decisions for ourselves. Living Wills and Powers of Attorney are two solutions to this [...]

7 03, 2018

Safeguarding the use of Lasting Power of Attorneys

2018-02-07T08:36:09+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Comments by a retired senior judge have highlighted the need to make very careful decisions when it comes to setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The comments from Denzil Lush, who was the senior judge in the UK Court of Protection until last [...]

27 02, 2018

The Prenup – Necessary in the UK?

2018-01-11T09:37:43+00:00 February 27th, 2018|

The UK has traditionally had a confused and uncertain relationship with prenuptial agreements. However, cases such as Radmacher v. Granatino – which gave a prenuptial agreement heavy evidential weight – have indicated that the British courts are much more open to enforcing a prenup than [...]

19 02, 2018

Mewies Solicitors shortlisted for Skipton Business Awards 2018

2018-02-19T13:55:09+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in not one, but two categories at the prestigious Skipton Business Awards 2018! Best Customer Service and and Best Professional/Financial Services Provider. The winners will be announced at a celebratory Awards evening being held [...]

31 01, 2018

Surveys – buyer beware

2018-01-09T15:13:28+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Surveys can be time consuming and costly and ultimately they just feel like one more obstacle in the way of you occupying your dream home. But, a word of caution, without a survey you have no idea what’s going on behind the perfect plasterwork or [...]

30 01, 2018

Personal Injury Specialist Crosses The Border To Skipton

2018-01-30T08:35:11+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

Mark Irlam, a solicitor with 18+ years’ experience of dealing with personal injury and clinical negligence claims has moved from a Burnley firm to join Skipton legal stalwart Mewies Solicitors. Mark is a Personal Injury Specialist Senior Litigator, accredited by APIL (the Association of Personal [...]

16 01, 2018

‘Common law marriage’- a myth!

2018-01-09T15:16:02+00:00 January 16th, 2018|

Resolution, the family law group which represents family practitioners and campaigns for a fairer justice system, and of which both our Director and Head of Family Angela Green and her colleague, Chartered Legal Executive Victoria Iliff are members, has recently produced a poll revealing that [...]