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What legal weight does a broken promise hold?

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Court of Appeal has reduced the award in a proprietary estoppel claim bought in respect of a family business. We previously reported on the successful claim for equitable relief based on proprietary estoppel made by a daughter


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New Residence Nil-Rate Band - What You Need to Know

Friday, 22 July 2016

Last year, the government announced the first increase in the inheritance tax (IHT) threshold since April 2009.


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Tax Planning - what is still acceptable?

Friday, 22 July 2016

The recent row over David Cameron's tax affairs has highlighted the new climate of mistrust in the UK around tax planning.


Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

Gone With the Wind - Beware the Spouse that Comes Back to Bite

Friday, 15 July 2016

There has been a recent update to one of the longest-running romance and divorce cases seen by the courts, which has all the ingredients of a classic rags-to-riches tale.


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Latest News From the Private Client Team

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

With the arrival of Spring’s longer lighter days, we welcome Partner Samantha Hickman, who now leads our family and divorce law team.


Articles & Blogs Private Client

The New Residence Nil-Rate Band - A move towards the £1 million allowance?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

There has been much press coverage recently about the new residence nil-rate band allowance for inheritance tax.


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Care Home Fees - are you prepared?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

As the population ages, the possibility of needing residential care at some point increases.


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When can the forfeiture rule be modified?

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Does murder always preclude a benefit from the deceased?


Articles & Blogs Private Client VWV approach

How to Ensure a Deputy's Gratuitous Payment is Free from Challenge

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The issue of gratuitous care allowances has been very topical recently and the recent case of Re HC [2015] EWCOP 29 demonstrates the Court of Protection's approach to payments for care provided by family members of a person lacking capacity.


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Sister Successfully Challenges Mother's Will in High Court Battle With Sibling

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Sister successfully challenges mother's Will in High Court battle with sibling - Watts v Watts [2014] EWHC 668(Ch) - but has the law on Inheritance Act claims become any clearer?


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What legal weight does a broken promise hold?

Monday, 04 January 2016

This was the question the Court of Appeal decided in a recent dispute over a Welsh family farm.


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Mixed Blessings from the Government’s Autumn Statement

Monday, 04 January 2016

In the days leading up to the government’s Autumn Statement on 25 November 2015, there were concerns that the government would target tax reliefs.


Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

Going through a divorce?

Monday, 04 January 2016

There are many things to consider when going through a divorce. Apart from the obvious emotional impact, you will be faced with changes to your living arrangements and finances.


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Do you now have the right to inherit your parents' estate?

Thursday, 31 December 2015

The case of Heather Ilott, who was cut out of her mother’s Will, made national headlines in the Summer of 2015. Many reports indicated that it greatly improved an adult child’s chances of


Articles & Blogs Contentious Probate Private Client

McCabe v McCabe – High Court rejects claim to invalidate mother’s last will

Thursday, 05 November 2015

The recent case of McCabe v McCabe [2015] All ER 248, which concerned a dispute between two brothers over their late mother’s last will, sheds new light on the Court's approach when considering the test for testamentary capacity.