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Court of Appeal approves the right for applicants to recover CFA success fees in the case of Hirachand v Hirachand

Jak Ward
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The eagerly awaited Court of Appeal judgment in Hirachand was handed down last week. When this issue crops up on a case, I find that it is incredibly difficult for one to grapple one way or the other, let alone second-guess which way the judiciary are going...

The past, present and (possible) future of wills and probate?

Jak Ward
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Since the emergence of covid-19 in March 2020, every industry in the UK has faced challenges. Some have seen their development and growth thwarted, whilst others have shone. We’ve hopefully seen the back of the worst of it. I’m now at the...

Estate Administration: It's a matter of public record

Esther Woodhouse
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After death, there is often a need for your Personal Representatives to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Representation.  The Grant confirms the Personal Representatives’ authority to administer the estate which is needed to collect...

Should we discuss inheritance?

Ben Taylor
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We can often find discussing money matters, like inheritance, a little uncomfortable. However, in some cases it is quite common and, as in my experience, we are starting to observe a changing attitude towards talking about property, finances, and death. ...

Are your legal affairs up to date?

Joseph Stoehr
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Why now is the ideal time to get your legal affairs in order The past eighteen months have forced us all to think about a lot and for many this has meant finally writing a will or rummaging around for their “current” one to give it a...

Property Investment Portfolios - Is a Family Investment Company (FIC) the answer?

Ben Taylor
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Join us for our Family Investment Companies Masterclass webinar on 16 September - full details and registration here . There have been a number of changes in the tax environment over the last few years aimed at discouraging private ownership of second or...

Implications for carers and Deputies - Access to sex workers

Elizabeth Young
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A decision in the case of ‘C’ has been handed down, judging him to have the capacity to engage in sexual relations and to potentially engage a sex worker and identifying issues for those who may be asked to help make such arrangements for others ...

The updated Trust Registration Service

Tamsyn Lees
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The Trust Registration Service (“TRS”) was originally set up in 2017 and only required trustees of express trusts with a relevant tax liability to register. The relevant taxes are: Income tax Capital Gains Tax Inheritance tax Stamp Duty...

Divorce and Tax

Ben Taylor
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We often get asked about the tax situation on divorce.  Whilst there is no one size fits all, the following is a general outline of the common tax issues that arise on a divorce or separation . Advice should always be sought at an early stage and a...

A cautious Budget?

Ben Taylor
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In the lead up to the budget a number of economic commentators urged caution in respect of an increase in tax, so as not to stifle the economic recovery of the UK. That being said, with UK national debt the highest since 1963, it was still expected that...

Are People Becoming More Reliant on Their Inheritance?

Tim Russ
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Will and inheritance claims have been significantly increasing for many years now. According to the Ministry of Justice reporting in the Times last year, in 2016, the number of individuals seeking to claim a share or a larger proportion of a deceased...

A New Tax on Wealth

Ben Taylor
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A new tax on wealth is being considered and a report by The Wealth Tax Commission has been released this month making recommendations to the Government.  To find out how such changes could affect you as a taxpayer and whether you should review your...

Chancellor looking to "rebuild funds" with new tax regime

Ben Taylor
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This week, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has released a report on Capital Gains Tax (CGT). These follow a request by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well...

Witnessing wills during the Coronavirus pandemic - Video Witnessing Update

Naomi Message
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In normal circumstances we strongly recommend a client making a will (“the Testator”) attends the office initially to take will instructions and again to execute their will and have their will witnessed by two members of staff.  Given the...

Trust Registration Service - Updating your records

Ben Taylor
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The administration of a trust is becoming increasingly comparable to that of a company, with the Trust Registration Service (TRS) and the responsibilities of trustees in respect of that, comparable to those for Companies House. Trustees are required to...

One house or two? - Multiple Dwellings Relief

Ben Taylor
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Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) is an important relief for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), where a purchaser acquires more than one dwelling as part of a transaction, or where there is a single dwelling purchase, but it is linked to at least one other...

Key changes to probate applications during the Coronavirus pandemic

Naomi Message
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Whilst the requirement for execution of wills remains archaic and unchanged, the pandemic has led to various modernisations of the process surrounding the application for Grants of Probate (along with Grants of Letters of Administration and Grants of Letters...

Should those suffering with coronavirus be allowed to make oral wills during the pandemic?

Naomi Message
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In these strange and unprecedented circumstances Ministers have been urged to use their emergency powers to relax the laws governing the execution of wills during the coronavirus pandemic.  Some campaigners argue those suffering from coronavirus should...

Bereavement - the impact of Covid-19 on families, loved ones and the administration process

Esther Woodhouse
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The effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown across the world is certainly not something that any of us could have ever envisaged or expected to happen during our lifetime. The effects are devastating and widespread, impacting the whole world beyond...

Update on the intestacy rules

Joseph Stoehr
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If someone dies without a will (or without one that is valid), the intestacy rules dictate how much of their estate their partner, children and other relatives inherit. Legislation passed yesterday – the Administration of Estates Act 1925 (Fixed Net...

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