Wills and Estates in the news – will someone you don’t know receive your estate when you die?

08.01.24

A recent article in The Guardian newspaper “How royal estates use bona vacantia to collect money from dead people” caused outrage on social media. People were surprised to learn of the rights of King Charles III as the Duke of Lancaster and Prince William as the Duke of Cornwall to…


Renaissance Legal winners of the Professional Services Award at the Sussex Business Awards 2023

06.12.23

Renaissance Legal were delighted to be announced as the winners of the Professional Services Award at the Sussex Business Awards on Thursday 30th November. The team were also finalists in the Best Customer Service Award at the ceremony at The Grand in Brighton. Renaissance Legal, from its headquarters in Brighton,…


Discretionary and Disabled Person’s Trusts – what next?

05.12.23

In this blog, we explain what you will need to consider when you have created a Discretionary Trust or a Disabled Person’s Trust and assets are to be added to it.  We bring together expertise from the three companies in the Renaissance Community – Renaissance Legal, Renaissance Trust and Renaissance…


Alzheimer’s and Benefits

29.10.23

With close to a million people living with Dementia in the UK, and with Alzheimer’s disease being the cause of 60-70% of cases of Dementia, it felt appropriate to write our next blog, explaining what financial support may be available to this large number of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Research…


Double Legal Directory Success for Renaissance Legal

12.10.23

On 5th October 2023, the latest edition of The Legal 500 UK was published and Renaissance Legal has maintained its position as a leading firm in Sussex, Kent and Surrey for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate work. The editorial comments included the following feedback: ‘Renaissance is a leader in its…


My disabled child has inherited – can I put the inheritance into Trust?

06.09.23

Whilst it’s lovely that someone has chosen to remember your child in their Will, this situation can cause a real headache for families if the child who is receiving the inheritance has a disability, as the inheritance can compromise the child’s means-tested benefits. In this blog we take a closer…


News: Statutory Legacy amount to be increased this month

18.07.23

The Government has announced a change to how an estate is divided should somebody die without a Will. Currently, if a married person (or person in a Civil Partnership) dies without a Will, the law states that the first £270,000 (known as the Statutory Legacy) passes to the surviving spouse,…


How to keep the peace in families when someone dies

11.07.23

Following on from part four of our series on practical tips for Estate Administration, this blog discusses some steps Personal Representatives can take to ensure the smooth administration of an estate where matters are complicated by family disputes or possible claims on the estate. Losing a loved one is an emotional time and…


Child Trust Funds – Facebook Live Q&A with Contact

22.06.23

As our Child Trust Fund Access campaign, which we launched in 2016 highlights, more than 80,000 disabled young people with learning disabilities in England and Wales are at risk of losing their own savings due to the complex process required to access their Child Trust Funds. The same issue applies…


Renaissance Legal and Grace Eyre teams transform the charity’s allotment space

26.04.23

  On Friday 21st April, on the worldwide celebration of Earth Day 2023, a team of volunteers from Renaissance Legal joined forces with Sussex charity Grace Eyre to transform its allotment space in Hove. On a sunny afternoon, the teams came together to dig, weed, tidy and make the allotment space…