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Readers who live apart from their spouses or civil partners, but who have not formally dissolved their relationships, are warned that following changes to inheritance law brought into effect in October 2014 by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ,...
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Residential landlords will be aware of their legal responsibility under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to have annual safety inspections carried out on the gas appliances in the properties they let. The inspections cover the...
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The public interest in open justice has trumped individual privacy rights in a case in which lawyers sought to protect child beneficiaries of a very substantial family trust from the glare of publicity – which it was feared would undermine their...
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The importance of considering the fine details of proposed arrangements was sharply illustrated in a recent case in which the High Court accepted a claim by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that a gift to a charity did not qualify for exemption from...
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The thought that friends or family members might be passing their later years in a care home which is unsafe is a disturbing one for anyone, so the recent announcement by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that a care home in Hertfordshire has been fined...
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In a cautionary tale for anyone considering entering into an equity release scheme, a woman who sold her home at a fraction of its true value, on the understanding that she could stay there for life, is facing eviction following a Supreme Court ruling . ...
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One of Britain's finest stately homes, Tottenham House, will be sold to a mystery buyer for £11.25 million – despite the fierce objections of the Earl of Cardigan – after the Court of Appeal ruled that estate trustees had acted reasonably ...
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In a decision which was acknowledged to be of considerable public importance , a British couple have been declared the legal parents of their surrogate baby after the country's top family judge went to considerable lengths to come to their aid. In order to...
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When an employee who left his employer prematurely was forced to repay part of a bonus he had been awarded, the refusal of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to regard the repayment as a reduction in income for the year in which the bonus had originally been paid...
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In a case which underscores the wisdom of keeping your will up to date, changes in the law relating to Inheritance Tax (IHT) led to a bitter dispute between a widow's family and her favourite charity in respect of her £680,805 estate. In an...