Private Client Issues - October 2017

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Welcome to this month's edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan's monthly round-up of the topics you may find of interest. 

Which charity would you choose to remember?

Research has found that British universities benefitted from over £1 billion of new donations in 2015-16, an increase of over 20% on the previous year's figures. Often this is because it helped a donor get where they are in life and they want to give something back. But if you were to leave a gift to charity in your Will, which charity would you choose? Blake Morgan looks at the options and tax benefits to leaving a legacy.

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Strange bequests in Wills and how legacies can be left 'open' to a charities choice

Sometimes people like to leave a gift in their Will to a charity with the condition that the money is to be used for a specific purpose. Depending on the request, this may cause problems for the charity to comply. Blake Morgan looks at how you should always check with your chosen charity that the project or purpose is achievable to ensure the charity doesn’t lose out. 

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Is there a cheaper way to settle financial disputes during divorce proceedings?

There is an adage that says if something is quick it cannot be cheaper or better and if something is cheaper it cannot be better or quicker. One of our recent cases has got us thinking that arbitration might be the quicker, cheaper and better route to reaching a financial agreement. Blake Morgan looks at how arbitration has helped our client.

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Blake Morgan conveyancers shortlisted for national award

Blake Morgan’s conveyancing specialists in the Thames Valley have been shortlisted for a customer service accolade in the largest independent awards in the UK property industry, the ESTAS (Estate Agent of the Year) Conveyancer Awards. The ESTAS are especially well-regarded as the nominations and results are based directly on client feedback.

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If you are impacted by any of the above topics or you would like further information on how we can help you, please contact your usual Blake Morgan adviser. 

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Helen is the Divisional Director for Private Law and is responsible for the delivery of private law services across Blake Morgan’s six offices.

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