Private Client Issues – May 2020

7th May 2020

Welcome to this month’s edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan’s monthly round-up of the topics. Insight and advice on developments affecting private individuals.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about some of the things we’re doing to help. As always, our focus is on providing you with a high-quality service, while working to keep our staff, clients and contacts safe. In line with the Government’s advice, our employees are working from home where possible, and happy to meet with you virtually until we can meet in person again. We are really proud of the way that our staff have risen to the challenge to do this without impacting the service we provide.

The situation is fast moving, with new measures being announced daily as the government addresses the emerging key issues facing both individuals and businesses. Our team are here to help you, with the advice and support you need at this difficult time. Please access our COVID-19 hub for up to date information on key issues and please look after yourselves and those close to you.

Coronavirus – moving house completion date guidance

If you were in the process of moving house, we have looked at the completion date guidance given by The Law Society and other industry bodies.

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Health & Welfare LPA or Advanced Decision

Should you chose a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney or an Advanced Decision when considering your future medical treatment?

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Addiction and divorce

When an addiction is one of the causes of divorce we look at what can happen in the Family Court when it comes to dividing financial assets.

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Coronavirus – what financial help is available for SMEs?

Our Banking & Finance experts look at the financial help available for SMEs, including if your business qualifies for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

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Landlord repairs during COVID-19

Social distancing is having a knock-on effect on the ability of landlords to comply with their obligations. We look at landlord repairs during COVID-19.

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Energy Performance Certificates during lockdown

While everyone in the property world attempts to adjust to the new normal, here is advice about Energy Performance Certificates during lockdown.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax 3% surcharge, three year period running out?

The operation of the rules for the stamp duty land tax 3% surcharge is complex. One current concern relates to the three year rules. Is time running out as legislation sets out an absolute time limit of three years for the disposal of the old home? We look at the options.

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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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