What is the legal position regarding who can take a child abroad? If you already have a Court Order in place setting out the arrangements for the school holidays, ensure these are followed to ensure both parents and the children know where they stand. Whilst the agreement of the other parent is not needed if
TestimonialsIt was a pleasure dealing with Nicki and as far as we are concerned 'It's hard to improve upon perfection'. We received a great service and would highly recommend Machins Solicitors.They have a unique way of making all our business with them very personal. Both Nicki Denton-Masih and her aide know us well and have always dealt with our business in a very prompt manner. They also give us frequent updates. Other firms are nowhere up to their standard.Legal 500 2021Nicki Denton-Masih has always dealt with us and her work makes it easy to talk to her.Legal 500 2021We have primarily dealt with Nicki Denton-Masih and she has always been very careful to explain clearly what our options are when dealing with our wills and the lasting powers of attorney recently. Nicki has been very kind and it means a lot that there is a human face to deal with.Legal 500 2021We were delighted with the entire experience with Nicki and MachinsThroughout the transaction, although having to work remotely, Nicki Denton-Masih managed to communicate with me exceptionally well both in writing, whether by post or email, and by telephone where some discussion was desirable.Legal 500 2022Very helpful. Answered all my questions.We found the service, quick, simple, friendly, helpful at all times.I would like to thank you for all of you help and patience in explaining everything to us in terms that were easy to understand together with the hard work necessary to finalise the wills to suit our requirements.It was a pleasure dealing with Nicki. We received a great service and would highly recommend Machins Solicitors.
Nicki has a wealth of experience with a wide range of clients and circumstances in all aspects of non-contested private client work. She enjoys ensuring clients are put at ease, supported as necessary and guided through often legally complex scenarios.
Matters that Nicki has worked on recently include:-
- Application to the Court of Protection for the removal and appointment of trustees and deputyship applications for incapacitated patients.
- Reviewing clients’ existing wills and preparing the new wills where necessary to include inheritance tax planning.
- Obtaining grants of probate and administering estates or assisting lay executors with very straightforward estates through to complex, multi-property and multi-jurisdictional estates.
- Preparing and registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA) with adequate safeguards to protect the donor in light of recent case law.
- Advising on and drafting trust deeds.
- Charity formation.
Nicki becomes a partner at Machins in November 2020. She studied her undergraduate law degree at Brunel University, completing the Legal Practice Course in Oxford with a distinction.
Nicki also acts as a trustee and is on the executive committee for two local charities and was rated in the Legal 500 as a rising star.
Specialist practice areas
- Powers of Attorney
- Elderly client work
Latest news by Nicki Denton-Masih
Changes to divorce law will come into effect from 6 April. The government is also introducing a new online service to help couples adapt to the changes. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. The act aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by
The High Court has ruled that a man’s will that existed only in draft form on a computer, but which was signed by two reliable witnesses, should be accepted as valid. This is a highly unusual decision because generally, the original will, signed in the presence of two witnesses present at the same time, must
The government is to allow vulnerable people to continue to be able to have their wills witnessed via video-link until 2024. The move extends measures brought in because of the pandemic. It’s designed to help people who are forced to isolate either with Covid or from another vulnerability. Ministers hope it will reassure all those
January is the time for making resolutions to give ourselves a fresh start for the New Year. It’s good to take stock and decide to eat less or exercise more but there’s so much more we could be doing to improve our lives and protect ourselves for the future. Here are three New Year Resolutions
The High Court has provided some useful guidelines on what is required for a person’s statements to be legally classed as ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases. The court was asked to determine the proper distribution of the estate of a married couple. The wife died in January 2019 of cancer and the husband died of
All non-contentious probate applications where there is a will in place must now be made online. The service, known as MyHMCTS, was set up by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to streamline applications, enabling probate professionals to issue, pay for and manage applications within civil and family courts and tribunals. It went live on 2
The number of families having to pay inheritance tax (IHT) has fallen for the first time since 2009, according to the latest figures. Inheritance tax is set at 40% and becomes payable once the tax-free threshold of £325,000 has been passed. There is no tax liability if a person’s estate passes directly to their spouse.