February 2017 Archive

Electronic signatures – the future for Lasting Powers of Attorney?

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Could electronic signatures on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) be a thing of the future? If so, what are the pitfalls of signing such a legal document electronically? More …

Probate court fees set to increase to as much as £20,000 per application

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Government consultations have confirmed that probate court fees will be imminently restructured to incorporate a 'sliding scale' – lower value estates may have no fee whatsoever, whilst those in excess of £2m may suffer a £20,000 fee. More …

What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?

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Civil partnerships give same-sex couples two options; marriage and civil partnership, but only allows heterosexual couples one option; marriage. But, many people do not know whether there is a difference between marriage and a civil partnership More …

Valentine's Day proposals – balancing the romance and practicalities

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Valentines Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. If you are planning to propose or have been proposed to then consider a pre-nuptial agreement to protect yourself financially if it came to divorce. More …

Housing White Paper: Five key planning points for developers

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We have picked through the Housing White Paper to identify these five key planning points for developers: More …

Claudia's Law - managing a missing person's financial affairs

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Since Claudia Lawrence went missing in 2009, her family have discovered that there is no legal mechanism in place for them to deal with her financial affairs while she remains a missing person. The solution being put forward is Claudia's law which will backed by Claudia's family and the charity Missing People. More …

Joint Councils' Viability Report 2017

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Thirteen London Councils grouped together to commission an independent Viability Report which was published in January this year. More …

Non-dom changes: Don't hold your breath waiting for the final detail

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The draft Finance Bill 2017 released in December contained some (but not all) of the much-needed detail about the significant changes to the taxation of non-doms from April 2017. So what does it mean for your property and tax position? More …