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Wills Can Now Be Witnessed on Video Calls, But Beware the Pitfalls

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

This autumn, the Government amended the Wills Act 1837 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wills Can Now Be Witnessed on Video Calls, But Beware the Pitfalls

Articles & Blogs Private Client Tax

Possible Capital Gains Tax Changes on the Horizon - What Could This Mean?

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

If the recommendations of a recent report by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) are adopted, more people may have to pay capital gains tax (CGT) when they dispose of assets.

Possible Capital Gains Tax Changes on the Horizon - What Could This Mean?

Articles & Blogs Contentious Probate Private Client

Can Your Will Really Last a Lifetime?

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Wills can ordinarily be re-written countless times to meet your changing needs because preparing a new Will invalidates any made before it.* However, the recent case of Legg v Burton demonstrates how sometimes, a Will really can last a lifetime.

Can Your Will Really Last a Lifetime?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Do You Need an Attorney for Your Business?

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Lasting Powers of Attorney ('LPAs') have been around for a while, and enable a person to authorise someone else to make decisions on his or her behalf, in the event of physical or mental incapacity.

Do You Need an Attorney for Your Business?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Brexit - Will It Affect the Inheritance Tax Treatment of Legacies to EU-Based Charities?

Friday, 18 December 2020

At 11pm on 31 December 2020, the transition period for the UK to leave the EU will come to an end.

Brexit - Will It Affect the Inheritance Tax Treatment of Legacies to EU-Based Charities?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Giving To Charity In Your Will - Tax Traps For The Unwary

Friday, 18 December 2020

Many individuals want charitable organisations to benefit on their death. Charitable legacies are exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) and, if more than 10% of the net estate is left to charity, the rate of IHT charged is reduced from 40% to 36%.

Giving To Charity In Your Will - Tax Traps For The Unwary

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Will a Wealth Tax Be Introduced?

Friday, 18 December 2020

The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the public finances, with current estimates expecting the deficit to reach 19% of GDP.

Will a Wealth Tax Be Introduced?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

1975 Act Claims by Cohabitees - Top Tips for a Successful Settlement

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

VWV has recently settled a complex and long running claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, brought by a cohabitee. After years of hard-fought litigation, the claim settled at mediation for a 7-figure sum.

1975 Act Claims by Cohabitees - Top Tips for a Successful Settlement

Articles & Blogs Private Client VWV approach

Smart Phone Video Recordings Form Vital Evidence in Will Challenge Trial

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The defendants, represented by VWV, successfully defended all claims following a five day trial. The outcome turned on crucial video evidence of the testator, which was found to capture her level of understanding and robustness of character and mind.

Smart Phone Video Recordings Form Vital Evidence in Will Challenge Trial

Articles & Blogs Private Client VWV approach

Deputy's Decision to Litigate - Court of Protection Warning Against Acting Without Authority

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

The Court of Protection (COP) has warned deputies against applying for retrospective authorisation to enter into litigation on behalf of a protected party, and set out useful guidance for practitioners to consider.

Deputy's Decision to Litigate - Court of Protection Warning Against Acting Without Authority

Articles & Blogs Private Client

How Could an Increase in Capital Gains Tax Affect You?

Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Many more people may have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if the recommendations of a Government-ordered report are adopted.

How Could an Increase in Capital Gains Tax Affect You?

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

England Lockdown - Childcare Arrangements

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

From 5 November, national coronavirus restrictions will replace current local restrictions in England, but what does this mean for separated parents spending time with their children and grandparents seeing their grandchildren?

England Lockdown - Childcare Arrangements

Articles & Blogs Contentious Probate Private Client

Can Your Will Really Last a Lifetime?

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Wills can ordinarily be re-written countless times to meet your changing needs because preparing a new Will invalidates any made before it.*

Can Your Will Really Last a Lifetime?

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

We've Agreed How To Divide Our Assets As Part of Our Divorce, Why Would I Need a Solicitor?

Friday, 09 October 2020

Working in what can often be a highly contentious area of the law, it does make a pleasant change to get a call from a client who advises that they have agreed how to divide their assets.

We've Agreed How To Divide Our Assets As Part of Our Divorce, Why Would I Need a Solicitor?

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Private Client

Wills Witnessed on Video Calls Made Legal from 28 September 2020

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

This summer, the Government announced that it would revise its Wills legislation in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and from 28 September 2020 the necessary legislation to temporarily permit Wills to be witnessed by video conference...

Wills Witnessed on Video Calls Made Legal from 28 September 2020