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VWV Teams Up with Local Hospice to Encourage People to Make a Will

Monday, 05 March 2018

We are delighted to take part this month in a campaign run by The Hospice of St Francis and to offer a free Will writing service in return for a donation to the Hospice.

VWV  Teams Up with Local Hospice to Encourage People to Make a Will

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Autumn Budget 2017 - An Early Christmas for First-Time Buyers?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

From today, first-time buyers of residential property in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will pay no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on homes worth up to £300,000.

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Who can challenge the validity of a Will? Court of Appeal Rules that Creditor of Beneficiary Has Standing in Randall v Randall

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Court of Appeal has upheld an ex-husband’s appeal in the recent case of Randall v Randall, finding that he had sufficient interest to challenge the validity of his mother-in-law’s Will.


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Paying the Costs of an Unjustified Legal Challenge - a Warning From the High Court

Friday, 12 August 2016

In a recent decision, the High Court has made a costs order against a claimant who challenged the validity of a Will despite having no reasonable grounds to do so.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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.