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In a reminder to property buyers that a full structural survey can often be well worth the money, a woman who had to have major work done to prop up her home has suffered a costly defeat in her fight for compensation from her mortgage lender. The detached...
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If you are the trustee of a charity, you should make sure that you download, read and understand the implications of new guidance for charity trustees on managing conflicts of interest , which was issued recently by the Charity Commission and can be found...
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For people with substantial estates, the concern that the next generation might not deal wisely with a large inheritance is a common one. When the owner of a successful company had such a worry, he arranged for his will to be drafted in such a way as to...
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The new regime that will apply to pensions from April 2015 was the chief surprise in this year's Budget. Under the old tax rules applying to pensions, an individual had to decide within six months of taking the tax-free lump sum whether to take an annuity...
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Separated couples should fix their eyes firmly on the future when signing divorce agreements, as was demonstrated in a recent case in which a former soldier, whose ex-wife had 'spent her share' after their split, fought off her bid for a slice of his...
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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has recently been dealing with numerous complaints about sales promotions with misleading discount offers and unsubstantiated claims about the superiority of products. If you have bought a ‘discounted’...
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It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing with a wayward son who was appointed as attorney over his elderly mother's financial affairs. Unfortunately, he used...
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In a decision which represents a landmark victory for private landowners – and a serious blow to open countryside campaigners – the High Court has ruled that 19th Century officials who purported to create public rights of way under an 1801 Act...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down judgments in two cases which clarify the rights of passengers whose flights are delayed. The first case concerned a Jet2.com flight from Malaga to Manchester which was scheduled to depart at 18:25 on 26 October 2011....
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Child custody battles involving an international element are becoming increasingly frequent as the world becomes more and more a global village. When relationships between people of different nationalities break down, it must then be determined with which...