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What Are Digital Assets?

5th March 2021

We all acknowledge that we are now living more of our lives online and this applies not only to our working and social life, but also our financial lives. Many of us will operate our bank accounts, pay all our bills and even own and manage investments wholly online.

This has led to growth of the term “digital asset”. There is no legal definition of a digital asset and it has come to mean a number of different things. To understand what digital assets are, we have to understand the difference between digital records and property rights and interests. Read more…

Plan for Stamp Duty Holiday to be extended by three months

1st March 2021

In July 2020, the government announced the suspension of stamp duty fees on the first £500,000 of all property sales to improve the market in England and Northern Ireland. This provided the opportunity for buyers to save as much as £15,000 if they are purchasing a property that is priced at £500,000 or more. Read more…

How can I find out if a Will has been left and what happens if there is no Will?

24th February 2021

It is important that your Will can easily be found when you die. Therefore, it should be kept securely, and in a location, which is known to your Executors. Otherwise, your Will may not be put into effect and your estate may well be distributed as if you had made no Will at all.

If you have made more than one Will then you need to ensure that your Executors under that Will find it before anyone presumes that your earlier, revoked Will, is your last Will. Read more…

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

19th February 2021

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors has an experienced group of Private Client practitioners working in each of our six offices. Amanda Farley, Solicitor working in our Sidmouth office, writes about Lasting Powers of Attorney. Read more…

How to make a Will?

15th February 2021

What is a Will?

A Will is the only document which allows for you to control what happens to your personal belongings, your money, your property and your investments (what lawyers call your “estate”) when you die. In your Will, you can also choose who will look after putting your wishes into effect, as your Executors, and who will look after your children, as their Guardian, if you die when they are still under the age of 18. Some people also set out their funeral wishes in their Will. Read more…

Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club – Weathering the Pandemic

8th February 2021

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors has a continued sponsorship with Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club, a truly inspiring not-for-profit organisation founded in 2013. The organisation is affiliated with Surf Life Saving GB, which is a national charity helping to make our beaches safer and more enjoyable. Read more…

Can employers make the Coronavirus vaccine mandatory?

3rd February 2021

The UK Government has said it will not make the vaccine against COVID-19 mandatory, however there is still the question whether employers will be able to insist that employees have the vaccine. As many employees are now working from home, it is still unclear whether employers can make it a condition when they return to the office. Read more…

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors running challenge for Cancer Research UK

25th January 2021

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are delighted to announce their February running challenge which involves running 2 miles every day from the beginning to the end of the month. The aim of the challenge is to raise money for Cancer Research UK and with 3 teams formed already, they are all counting down the days to start achieving their month goal of running 56 miles. Read more…