Private Client Issues – January 2020


Posted by Helen Bunker, 9th January 2020
Welcome to this month’s edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan’s monthly round-up of the topics you may find of interest. It features insight and advice on developments affecting private individuals.

What’s in store for private law in 2020? Out with the old and in with the new

The start of a new year inevitably brings about reflection of the past year and anticipation for what the next year will hold, and this is no different for private client lawyers. After a busy year in 2019, 2020 already looks set to be a year of important developments in private law.

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“Divorce Day” – is this day a myth or reality?

Each year, it seems, Family law solicitors are asked whether they experienced a sharp increase in new enquiries after Christmas. Indeed, the first working Monday after Christmas and New Year, is often called “Divorce Day” by the media. The truth, however, is that business seems to simply continue as usual.

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Opposite-sex civil partnerships: 10 things you need to know – Part 1

Only a few days into the New Year and we are already seeing clients planning on entering into an opposite-sex civil partnership and asking for advice in relation to their Wills and inheritance tax.  Whilst same-sex couples have been able to enter into a civil partnership since 2005, it was only following a long legal battle, that on 31 December 2019 opposite-sex couples could do the same.

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Additional 3% SDLT surcharge on Granny Flats and other subsidiary dwellings?

If you are buying a property with an annexe, make sure that you understand the rules surrounding Stamp Duty Land Tax and where the higher rates apply.

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How to protect your Intellectual Property: IP Licence or a Gift?

It is vitally important that individuals take appropriate steps to ensure that the intellectual property is treated in the way in which they intend it to be treated changing a business structure and selling a limited company.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax 3% Surcharge: Case study on ‘replacement of only or main residence’

This case study shows the complexity of the rules around the higher rates of SDLT for purchases of additional residential properties, especially the replacement of the buyer’s only or main residence. It also gives an example of the process involved when HMRC make a check of a return in an enquiry and the steps for challenging the compliance officer’s decision.

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

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