Wednesday 24 June 2015

Annual Garden Party 2015

An exciting date in the Garden House calendar is nearly here!  Our annual Garden Party to raise funds for and awareness of the Alzheimer's Society will be held at Garden House on 3rd July 2015 between 1pm and 5pm.

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Article by Julie Retallick
Drinks and luncheon will be served from 1pm.   Fingers crossed, the sun will shine for us as it has done every year so far!  
If you fancy a glass of Pimms or a chilled Prosecco and the chance to buy raffle tickets to help raise funds for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their families, please join us. 
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We are delighted to announce that the Deputy Mayor, Peter Ruffles and Patricia Moore, the Head of East Herts will be joining us as will the local press.   The Garden Party will be a fabulous chance to meet old and new friends and catch up as well as being a great networking opportunity.

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Garden Party 2013

The team at Garden House are personally calling into local businesses asking them to donate raffle prizes and, as usual, they are being very generous.  

Last year we raised over £1,144.00 for the charity and we aim to better that this year with your help.

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Garden Party 2013

We look forward to seeing you but if you are unable to attend and would like to donate a raffle prize please call into the office or phone 01992 422128 and ask to speak to Julie who will arrange collection of the prize from you. 

If you would like to attend the Garden Party please call Julie on 01992 422128 or email her at and ask her to add your name to the guest list; when emailing please remember to advise if you have any special dietary requirements.
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The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

Friday 19 June 2015

Making substantial gifts to children: How this might affect their inheritance

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Article by Chris Lucas
You may be interested to know that if you make a particular type of gift to one or more of your children during your lifetime, this could affect your children’s inheritance under the terms of your will.

The type of gift referred to here is known as a ‘portion’. A portion can be described as a substantial gift (usually of money) from a parent to a child which is made with the intention of establishing the child in life or making permanent provision for them.

A typical example of a portion would be giving one of your children a sum of money to be used as a deposit towards buying their first home. Whatever the gift might be, the key requirements for it to be considered a portion are as follows:
  1. The gift must be from a parent (or a person acting in loco parentis i.e. someone who has assumed parental responsibility) to a child.
  2. The gift must be substantial in value - what ‘substantial’ means will depend on the circumstances and can be open to interpretation, but generally speaking, any gift of £20,000 or more is most likely to be considered substantial.
  3. The gift must have the effect of establishing the child in life or making permanent provision for them e.g. deposit for a first home or sum of money to enable the child to start up their own business.
If you have already made a will, then it is important to be aware of the potential effect of portions when you subsequently pass away. Essentially, any portions made during your lifetime after you have made your will can have the effect of ‘satisfying’ legacies left to your children under the terms of your will. This is known as the presumption against double portions.

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Accident at work

Following an accident in the workplace, it is understandable that some individuals are apprehensive about coming forward to make a claim against an employer. Here at Garden House Solicitors, we help support you through the process every step of the way.

Wednesday 3 June 2015

The Human Rights Act

In its first Queen’s Speech recently the Government promised to ‘bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights’.  You will note the use of the word proposal – this means nothing other than an indication that the Government appears to have paused in its commitment to scrap The Human Rights Act.