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14th August 2018

Do I need to obtain Probate?

This is a question we get asked a lot. But before I answer this question, you need to know what Probate is. So, what is Probate? Probate is the legal word for describing the legal steps that have to be taken following someone dying. Broadly, this means collecting in the deceased person’s assets, paying their continue reading…

13th August 2018

Is my Nikah valid in the UK?

The recent case of Akhter v Khan [2018] EWFC 54 has caused widespread confusion on the question of whether an Islamic marriage not followed by a civil ceremony, is recognised as a legal marriage in the UK. Despite the reports from a number of media sources, interested groups and misinformed family lawyers suggesting that such continue reading…

6th August 2018

NEW Supreme Court Ruling – Divorce Owens-Owens

In a Judgement delivered on the 25th July 2018, the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a wife, Mrs Owens, seeking to divorce her husband of 39 years, Mr Owens for his unreasonable behaviour. Mrs Owens will now need to wait until 2020, at which point the parties will have been separated for 5 continue reading…

21st May 2018

Narborough Foxes U12s award night

  Jennifer McNeil a Partner at Dodds Solicitors LLP had a fantastic time at the end of season presentation for the Narborough Foxes! What a privilege to present the awards to the U12s team who have had a marvellous season having worked so hard. Well done to all the teams! Here is a snap of us continue reading…

10th May 2018

Grant of Probate, To Be or Not to Be?

That is the question you may have if a relative has passed away recently and left a Will. One of the trends of modern society is that generally we are all living for longer. The National Office for Statistics recently announced that average life expectancy for new born males is 79.2 and for females it continue reading…

16th April 2018

Inheritance Act Claims Time is of the Essence

Many people do not realise that if there is a dispute within a family after someone has died that you may only have a very short time to put in claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. When someone dies it may be possible to apply for a Grant of Representation continue reading…

9th March 2018

De Montfort University Law Society Legal Event

Dodds Solicitors LLP are grateful to the De Montfort University Law Society for the opportunity to speak to their law students about what it means to be a solicitor and what to expect in this fiercely competitive market. Ashwin Topiwala and Jennifer McNeil who are both Partners at the firm were assisted by Samuel Mason continue reading…

28th February 2018

Did you hear Samantha Downs on BBC Radio Leicester talking about Lasting Powers of Attorney and the registration fee refunds?

If the answer is no, then you can hear her by clicking this link – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vt5rw. Sam can be heard from 1 hour 13 minutes in if you want to skip to her part. If you would like to know more about the registration fee refunds, Sam helpfully posted about it here – www.dodds-solicitors.co.uk/news/power-attorney-refunds/. If continue reading…

12th February 2018

Power of Attorney Refunds

It has recently been announced that if you registered your Power of Attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017 you may be entitled to a refund of part of the registration fee. You can claim a refund if you are the person who made the Power of Attorney (the donor) or the person continue reading…

9th February 2018

Is it harassment to send your Valentine a card, flowers and chocolates this Valentine’s Day?

With the increase in allegations of harassment, especially in Hollywood, it has been a topic of conversation in the Press about what does and does not constitute harassment. This got us thinking, what about Valentine’s Day? A day when it is expected that you will shower your significant other or secret valentine with cards and continue reading…