Wills, probate, tax and trusts

Termination Payments: The end

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On 10 August the Government published its response to a consultation on the taxation of termination payments. Lisa Wallis and Ruth Christy consider the Government's plans in more detail and their implications. More …

Could helping my child to buy a home financially benefit us both?

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As property prices continue to soar across the UK, the dream of owning a home appears to be slipping away from a vast number of under 35’s. Unsurprisingly, the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' seems a very attractive option. More …

Taking responsibility...helping lives

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Rebecca Davies was just a few months old when she was involved in an horrific car accident that changed her life forever. More …

Prior planning prevents tax-poor performance

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Recent changes in residential property tax are confusing for us all. But for our many non-domicile residents, or people who are considering a move to the UK, the sheer array of potential pitfalls must leave them begging the question whether UK property ownership is worth the aggravation? More …

Resealing foreign grants

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Unlike many legal terms, “resealing” means precisely that (ie the affixation of a seal to something that has already been sealed). Most probate practitioners will be well aware that, on a more technical level, the word refers to the process by which foreign grants of representation are sealed by the probate registry, thus enabling such grants to be used for the collection of English and Welsh estate. More …

What happens to your online life after you die?

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We are increasingly living our lives online – but what happens to our social media profiles, internet accounts, digital photos, e-books and music files after we die? More …

After Cheshire West – Where now?

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The Cheshire West case is primarily of interest as it looked to clarify the point at which a person who has lost mental capacity is being deprived of his liberty by their carers. The Court of Protection decision was overturned by the Supreme Court. More …

Meeting the needs of the modern family

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The Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ("the 2014 Act") is the result of a 6 year project by the Law Commission, and private client practitioners should be well aware of its provisions. More …

What an ancient Egyptian will has to tell us about inheritance today

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It is an old story and yet a familiar one. Naunakhte made her will with one predominant motive: to disinherit three of her children who had not looked after her properly. More …

Warning over pitfalls of passing on your home to your children

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Homeowners are being warned about the risks of signing their homes over to their children as the housing market improves. More …