Private Client Issues - October 2018

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Welcome to this month's edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan's monthly round-up of the topics you may find of interest. Insight and advice on developments affecting private individuals.

How do you solve a problem like Civil Partnerships?

Theresa May has this week announced that Civil Partnerships will be extended to heterosexual couples. Blake Morgan looks at the history of Civil Partnerships and what this now means.

Read more about the extension of Civil Partnerships

Selecting the right charity to support - and 'targeting' your legacy

Now in its 9th year, the 'Remember A Charity Week' campaign launched a new tool in September, the 'Human' search engine, to help individuals discover charities whose work is close to their heart and highlighting the importance of legacy giving. In support of this, Blake Morgan looks at how this tool works and the importance of a carefully drafted Will to ensure your support ends up where you had intended.

Discover more about the new tool

Controlling the fate of your estate

Have you considered including a 'Disaster Scenario Clause' in your Will? Blake Morgan looks at the importance of including such a clause in your Will and the potential benefits to charities if you do.

More details about the Disaster Scenario Clause

Reducing family conflict – wherever possible

As members of Resolution, our Family team strive to reduce conflict as far as possible in all cases that are dealt with. This is often made challenging by the current law in respect of divorce, but the good news is that the government has launched a consultation calling for no-fault divorce to finally be implemented. Blake Morgan looks at what the proposals seek to achieve.

Read more about reducing family conflict

Death Benefits – a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'

A recent Supreme Court ruling over Widowed Parent's Allowance sees a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'. Blake Morgan looks at the case in more detail with insight and commentary from our Family Team Partner, Simon Burge.

Find out more about the positive development

Blake Morgan Life Stages - Modern Family Matters

Providing for your family is about making sure the right legal plans and structures are in place as your family evolves and grows. Blake Morgan's latest research shows this is where people face their biggest challenge. Our Modern Family Matters report explores the uncertainties and challenges presented by family life and what you need to do to protect your personal assets.

Download your copy of Modern Family Matters

If you are impacted by any of the above topics or you would like further information on how we can help you, please contact your usual Blake Morgan adviser.

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Helen is the Divisional Director for Private Law based in the firm's London office and is responsible for the delivery of private law services across Blake Morgan’s six offices.

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