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Cost of Applying to be a Deputy is Reduced from 25 July 2018

July 27, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Court Fee for applying to be appointed as a Deputy for a relative or friend who has lost mental capacity is being reduced to £385 from 25 July 2018. This is, therefore, an appropriate time to consider making a Deputy application if a loved-one has lost the ability to manage his or her own(Read more)

Supreme Court Confirms That Ex-Wives Cannot Expect a ‘Second Bite of the Cherry’ Years After Divorce

July 20, 2018 | Family Services

Divorcees seeking a “second bite of the cherry” have been dealt a blow by the Supreme Court who ruled this week in the case of Mills and Mills that a wife could not expect the Court to increase the periodical payments (also known as spousal maintenance) she was receiving from her ex-husband to cover her(Read more)

Private Residence Relief - 5 Key Points

July 19, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Holmes and Rahe stress scale is a list of the 43 most stressful life events, and at no. 33 is moving house – with trouble with your boss and your spouse stopping work right up there too. Presumably, the 2018 World Cup is no. 1! There is enough to think about when moving house,(Read more)

The World Cup of Wills

July 16, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The football World Cup has sadly come to an end for another 4 years (or 4½ years, to be precise, with the announcement that Qatar 2022 will be the first ‘winter’ World Cup, taking place in November and December 2022). Watching the thousands of fans from at least 32 different nationalities mixing freely in cities(Read more)

A STEP in the Right Direction

July 16, 2018 | Practice News

After two years of exams, I am pleased to say that I have finally qualified as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP)! In order to attain full STEP membership, and therefore be able to call oneself a ‘TEP’, one needs to complete a Certificate and a Diploma in trusts(Read more)

Holiday Checklist

July 12, 2018 | Family Services

With the holiday season fast approaching have you got your holiday checklist in order?     Passports packed     Bags packed    Sun cream packed  X       Permission to take children abroad? You are all set for your summer holiday, the last thing on your mind may be getting your ex-partner’s permission to(Read more)

A Knotty Topic

July 10, 2018 | Residential Property

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in favour of two homeowners in a legal battle relating to Japanese Knotweed. The homeowners owned adjoining semi-detached bungalows in South Wales. Japanese Knotweed, notorious for its fast ferocious growth and ability to grow between slabs of concrete, was present on nearby land owned by Network Rail.(Read more)

HMRC Facing Tax Rebate Scams

July 04, 2018 | Wills and Probate

HMRC has warned people to be aware of fraudulent emails and text messages being received in relation to tax refunds, tricking people into providing personal details in order to obtain a tax rebate  Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, confirmed that HMRC would only inform tax payers about a rebate due through the post or(Read more)

The Big World Cup Related Question: What Are the Differences Between Russian and English Property Law?

June 29, 2018 | Commercial Property

Like most people out there watching the World Cup, I have one question that dominates my mind on a near constant basis. I look over at my glossy wall-chart, scores for teams I never thought I’d watch etched into the shiny surface with a faltering biro, the teams I’ve picked up in the work’s sweepstakes(Read more)

Inheritance Tax Planning: Further Regulation Needed?

June 15, 2018 | Wills and Probate

Finding a person or organisation who you can trust is central to how many people choose their professional advisors.  BBC Radio 4’s Money Box  recently highlighted problems that arise when a person or organisation turn out to be not trustworthy. This episode focused on Universal Wealth Preservation, which was wound up earlier this year following a petition by(Read more)