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28 October 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
Did you know that 90% of people in the UK are hoping, and relying on inheritance, for their financial future and security? According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, Millennials and Gen Z in particular will be worse off than previous generations due to higher costs of living,  rising house prices and low wages with little rises. These factors mean that in later life, Millennials will become more reliant on inheritance funds when they are older.  Inheritances will also be used by many generations to carry out large transactions like purchasing property, paying debts, or helping raise children. It is…
20 October 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Community
Owen White Catlin took part in the London Legal Walk on 19/10/21, raising money for pro bono charities. See some photos of the day below:    
27 August 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
Also referred to as donatio mortis causa, a deathbed gift is a gift that a person (donor) makes to another when the donor is expected to die very soon. It is not a gift in the dying person's Will. A deathbed gift applies when the dying person making the gift (the donor), gifts to another person either money or property, with the intention that this wish takes effect when they have passed away. Deathbed gifts can be difficult to navigate and determine because they are open to abuse. They are often challenged, especially in suspicious circumstances.  What are the criteria…
18 June 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Clear and automatic rights are granted to those who are married or in a civil partnership, however, this is not the case for cohabiting couples. Whether you are about to move in with your partner or have lived with them for a number of years, it is important to know how the law will affect you if the relationship comes to an end.
29 April 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Blog
Despite talk of continuing steps towards a return to normal life, it would appear that the government envisages home working until at least 4th September.
10 February 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
Many young people think that making a Will is something only older people do. Whilst they may know that reaching their 18th birthday legally qualifies them to get a tattoo in the UK, only a handful are aware that it is also the legal age for making a Will. Both options will last a lifetime, but while you may live to regret one, you will never regret the other.
13 January 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Blog
The Chiswick office of Owen White & Catlin would like to share our exciting news. We are relocating to our modern, contemporary premises at Sovereign House, 3rd Floor, King Street, London W6 9NA on Friday 22nd January 2021 (a short walk from our existing office).
13 November 2020Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
The 183-year-old law on making Wills in England and Wales has been updated to address the practical difficulties created by the coronavirus restrictions. Under a temporary change to the legislation, video technology can now be used to witness the signing of Wills. Our Wills Solicitors discuss why this method should be approached with caution.
18 September 2020Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent in June 2020. From August 2021, this new legislation will introduce no-fault divorce as an option for divorcing couples, which is arguably the most significant change to this area of law in England and Wales since in forty years. Following the introduction of this new legislation, couples will be able to use a more conciliatory and reflective approach without the need to attribute blame for the breakdown of the relationship. This, in turn, should reduce the impact of unnecessary conflict between both parties as well as any children involved, ensuring everyone…
29 May 2020Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
The statutory legacy amount has increased from £250,000 to £270,000, with effect from 6 February 2020. This is the fixed sum that surviving spouses and civil partners are entitled to if their partner dies without a Will (known as dying intestate) and they have children. Although the rise is a welcome development, it is important to be aware that dying without a Will, regardless of your family situation, can cause problems for your loved ones and estate at an already difficult time.

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