Private Client Issues - March 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. 

Non-dom changes: Don't hold your breath waiting for the final detail

The draft Finance Bill 2017 released in December contained some (but not all) of the much-needed detail about the significant changes to the taxation of non-doms from April 2017. So what does it mean for your property and tax position? 

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Marriage and wealth preservation

Where previously pre-nuptial agreements may have been thought of as being reserved for the rich and famous, there has been a notable rise in awareness of the benefits of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Many individuals are now actively considering what would happen financially if their marriage were to break down. Blake Morgan's survey demonstrates the market perception. 

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Probate court fees set to increase to as much as £20,000 per application

Recent government consultations have confirmed that probate court fees will be imminently restructured to incorporate a 'sliding scale' – lower value estates may have no fee whatsoever, whilst those in excess of £2m may suffer a £20,000 fee. 

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Electronic signatures – the future for Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Electronic signatures may be the future, but do they carry the same level of certainty and authenticity as a handwritten signature? Blake Morgan considers the potential pitfalls of signing legal documents electronically and the Office of the Public Guardian's ambition to make Lasting Powers of Attorney documentation fully digital.

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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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