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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.


Articles & Blogs Private Client VWV approach

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


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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.


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The Office of the Public Guardian Continues to Implement Changes to Improve Professional Deputy Supervision and Support

Thursday, 05 November 2015

Following on from our last publication in August 2015 in respect of the new standards for professional deputies, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has reported on further changes to improve deputy supervision and support.


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Wives' Successful Appeals - A Reminder of the Importance of Financial Disclosure

Thursday, 05 November 2015

Prior to the appeals brought in Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 and Gohil [2015] UKSC 61, the law was not clear as to when a lack of disclosure was enough to set aside an agreement in the context of financial remedy proceedings.


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Private Wealth blog - Downsizing Relief

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Many older people sell their family home later in life, either to move to a smaller, more manageable property or to move into residential care...


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Private Wealth blog - The Residence Nil Rate Band

Friday, 09 October 2015

When George Osborne announced at the Tory party conference in 2007 that a future Conservative government would raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m the idea seemed simple enough.


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Private Wealth blog - Tough Times for Non Doms

Friday, 11 September 2015

While many tax havens are not particularly appealing places to live, London has for many years provided the perfect storm of being a dynamic world city, while conferring very real tax advantages for those who could claim to be domiciled abroad.


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The Office of the Public Guardian's New Standards for Professional Deputies

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

The Office of the Public Guardian has been promising reforms to their supervision of deputies for some time.