August 2016 Archive

Slow August news: why Sustainability and Transformation Plan proposals are a public matter

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Everyone expects some slow news days in August, especially after the wild excesses of the Brexit pantomime, and then the heady patriotic delight of the Olympics, but the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) proposals as national headline news - are you serious? More …

Child maintenance payments – how to agree, appeal and pay legal fees

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When parents separate, a non-resident parent is required to pay regular financial support. If either parent believes that the assessment is incorrect then it is possible to apply for a mandatory reconsideration. More …

How to plan your estate in the style of the Duke of Westminster

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Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, died unexpectedly last week leaving a fortune of approximately £8.3 billion. Tax – and the alleged avoidance of it by wealthy individuals – has been an almost ubiquitous feature in the press of late. As such, the Duke's sudden demise was accompanied by many sensationalist and provocative headlines accusing him of avoiding a hefty inheritance tax bill. This is, in fact, not the case: it was not nefarious scheming at work here, but shrewd and, I hasten to add, legitimate tax planning. More …

Unmarried cohabiting couples – watch out for verbal agreements

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Couples who are unmarried but live together should be careful about what they say with regards to how they own their property. More …

SDLT 3% surcharge for additional properties: Common questions

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Apparently HMRC's stamp duty land tax (SDLT) technical team are receiving over 570 queries a month on the 3% surcharge for additional properties to stamp duty land tax introduced on 1 April 2016. More …

Talking healthcare - an effective national debate

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This week, I read the Nuffield Trust's report 'Feeling the Crunch'; another report highlighting the continuing crisis in NHS finance. Last week a report indicated (not for the first time) that the NHS is the most efficient health system in Europe. More …

Inheritance frauds on estates

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You receive an email telling you that a person sharing your family name has died and that, as a consequence, you are set to receive a vast inheritance from the deceased's estate. What do you do? More …

Bieber's Will and funeral wishes

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It has been reported that Bieber has made a Will, with some interesting funeral requests. More …

Surrogacy arrangement – the enduring family relationship test

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In a recent High Court case, Re F & M (Children) (Thai Surrogacy) (Enduring family relationship) [2016], the court had to consider whether to make a parental order for twins born in January 2015 to a Thai surrogate mother. More …