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Inheritance law remains complex says Taylor&Emmet

A landmark decision determining the legitimacy of a mother’s will does not go far enough to clarify rules about providing for families, claims Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP.

The firm’s contentious probate expert, Alex Watkinson, welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Ilott v Mitson case, but felt more could be done to refine inheritance legislation.

He said: “The Supreme Court has provided useful guidance about the weight that should be attached to factors allowing people, such as spouses, cohabitants and children, to make a claim against an estate if they believe they do not receive ‘reasonable financial provision.’ However, there remains a wide degree of discretion, meaning a judge hearing a similar case could still come to a number of conclusions.”

Heir hunter boosts Taylor&Emmet probate team

Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP, is expanding its growing wills and probate department with the appointment of a specialist in complicated intestacy cases.

Trust and estate practitioner, Ben Brown, joins the firm to strengthen the services offered to local families and develop its extensive private client department.

Barnsley resident, Ben, worked previously at Elmhirst Parker in his home town and will be based at Taylor&Emmet’s city centre headquarters. He brings a wealth of expertise in matters handled by beneficiary tracing organisations, helping to prove relatives’ entitlement to the estates of individuals who died without making a will and then making a claim.

Taylor&Emmet dances into action for abuse victims

A group of family law experts from Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP have donned their dancing shoes to show love and support for female victims of violence.

The firm’s family law team joined organisations across the city at a Valentine’s Day Flash Dance in the Peace Gardens to demand an end to the abuse and exploitation of women.

An hour-long celebration of music and dance was held at lunchtime as part of the V Day campaign organised by global movement, One Billion Rising. It was one of a series of events taking place across the UK and comprised music from a samba band, dance displays and a collective rendition of the ‘Break the Chain’ routine.

Taylor&Emmet transforms commercial property team

Taylor&Emmet LLP is expanding the legal services it offers to commercial land and property owners in Sheffield and North Derbyshire, with two key partner appointments.

The firm is welcoming Alastair Reid and George Thomson to its Sheffield and Bakewell offices respectively, to grow and enhance its reputation for commercial property advice.

Experienced industry specialist, Alastair Reid, joins Taylor&Emmet from Hill Dickinson, where he was head of the Sheffield office, before moving to Manchester following the firm’s restructuring in 2014. He handles all types of matters, from development work to social housing.

Taylor&Emmet trio expands key personal teams

Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is making three new appointments to enhance the residential property and probate services it provides to local residents.

Two solicitors and a legal assistant have been recruited to strengthen the two areas of work in which the firm is in highest demand.

Lisa Molinari joins Taylor&Emmet’s Banner Cross office to handle general conveyancing matters, including sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers. She worked previously at Banner Jones in Sheffield and is experienced in high value and complex transactions. Lisa now hopes to further extend her skills, with the assistance of the firm, to become a Notary Public, enabling her to authenticate and certify official documents for use abroad.

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