December 2017 Archive

What is Divorce Day and can I avoid it?

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For most families, Christmas is a time to spend together. Unfortunately, this can have the effect of highlighting underlying difficulties within relationships, resulting in an increase in workload for family lawyers after the Christmas break. More …

The death bell tolls for leasehold

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Today, Thursday 21 December 2017 is an important date to be noted – marking the beginning of the end for leasehold. More …

Looking for a place in the sun? How to ensure your Spanish property passes to your chosen beneficiary on death

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As the winter months draw in on us, a holiday home in Spain seems like a very appealing prospect but have you thought about what will happen to that property on your death? More …

Can my ex-partner ask me questions at Court?

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If former partners are not able to reach an agreement and instead have to rely on an application to the Court, whether to determine financial matters or arrangements for children, then at a Final Hearing the Court will need to hear witness evidence from the parties. More …

Should I make a Living Will?

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With life expectancy ever-increasing and with 9.9 million new cases of dementia reported each year worldwide, people are becoming increasingly concerned about their long term health. More …

What is fraudulent calumny?

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Fraudulent calumny is fraudulent misrepresentation made about an individual to a testator, for the purpose of inducing the testator to exclude that individual from any benefit in his Will. More …

Oxbridge Arc – The New Powerhouse for UK Growth

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On 17 November 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its report, "Partnering for prosperity: a new deal for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Arc". More …

Safeguarding against abuse of Lasting Powers of Attorney

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The recent ITV Tonight programme "Elderly Theft: Robbing the Relatives" revealed a number of shocking stories where a family member appointed as an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney had abused their position and used their relative's money for their own benefit. More …

Can I protect my home from care home fees?

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The recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme "How to avoid the Dementia Tax" explored the "political hot potato" that is the provision of social care. An increasing number of elderly people are being forced to sell their homes to pay for care fees. With the number of 85 year olds set to double by 2030, this is a situation that is only going to get more critical. More …

It's finally out - the draft London Plan

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The consultation period for the new draft London Plan officially starts today. The Mayor of London has included an ambitious target for London borough councils to build 65,000 homes every year over the next decade – a figure that is around double the current rate of housebuilding. More …