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Making a verbal family agreement over the distribution of one's estate and then trusting that everything will be sorted out amicably by the family shows a very considerable degree of optimism, as a recent case illustrates. It involved yet another family...
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The dangers of being unprepared for the possible consequences of something as seemingly innocuous as a garden bonfire were brought home by a case which ended up in the Court of Appeal . The Court has exonerated a businessman who was sued for more than...
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Dangerous dogs can ruin lives, and victims of canine attacks will be relieved to hear of an important tribunal decision which opens the way for many of those injured to seek compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). A cyclist...
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Everyone knows that the end of a marriage can be bitter, but few divorces can be more so than one in which a businessman has started legal proceedings against his ex-wife, claiming £150,000 in libel damages after she bad-mouthed him on Facebook. The...
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A high net worth pensioner, who was reluctant to give up control of his fortune and laid down intricate conditions before signing a lasting power of attorney (LPA), has struck a blow for the right of everyone to choose how their assets should be dealt with...
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When undertaking tax enquiries, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for embarking on 'fishing expeditions' for information. In a recent case, a company which was under enquiry for a relatively minor matter (possible underdeclaration of car and fuel...
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City dwellers who are disturbed by 'party venues' sprouting up around them can take comfort from a guideline High Court decision which reinforced the powers of local authorities to quell noise nuisance and late night drinking. A restaurateur had turned...
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Changes to the Insolvency Act 1986 that are being introduced on 1 October 2015 will mean that a person will no longer be able to be made bankrupt if they fail to pay a judgment debt of as little as £750 (a sum which has remained the same for 19...
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You might think that the courts will always seek to see that a child is brought up by one of its parents, assuming he or she is willing and able to fulfil that role, but this is not so where such an arrangement is not considered to be in the child's best...
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A recent court case shows the wisdom of ensuring that there is effective supervision of anyone acting under a power of attorney, especially if substantial assets are involved. The case involved a lady, now in her 80s and suffering from dementia, who lives...