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The rise of predatory marriages and how they can affect Wills

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Earlier this year we looked at how the test of capacity varies depending on the situation and how it may be possible that the threshold required for a person to marry is lower than that to make a Will. Campaigners are now hoping to change the law in order to protect vulnerable testators and their families from exploitation by ill-intentioned individuals entering into a marriage for financial gain. More …

"Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor" mortgages and living together agreements

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Simon Burge, a family law expert, takes a look at the use of a "living together agreement" in connection with a joint borrower mortgage for an unmarried couple, where only one of them is to own the property. More …

An increase in Probate fees set to be introduced in April 2019

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The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Lucy Frazer QC MP has recently announced that she has put new legislation before Parliament, which if implemented, would introduce a new, banded structure of fees (depending on the value of the estate) for obtaining a grant of probate. More …

New process for in country applications

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The in country application process is currently going through a major overhaul. From the beginning of November, the Home Office started gradually introducing changes to the way the applications are being submitted and processed. More …

Court warns developers not to take the law into their own hands

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The Court of Appeal has sent a strong message to developers not to build on land in breach of a restrictive covenant and then present the court with a fait accompli and challenge the judge not to order demolition but allow them to compensate the frustrated covenant holder instead. More …