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According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in place any mechanism for them to be dealt with after they die. With the average online asset value exceeding...
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The Charity Commission has stressed that it is important for trustees of a charity to review regularly their charity's effectiveness, and it is especially important to review how it operates in changing or uncertain economic climates. No charity is immune to...
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The recent confirmation by the Court of Appeal that maintenance payable to a woman by her ex-husband should be substantially reduced as he approached retirement is a reminder that the courts can exercise discretion when determining such matters. The former...
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Transferring title of your assets to your children may have advantages but is not without risks, as one businessman found out when his son's bankruptcy left the family's substantial buy-to-let property portfolio exposed to his offspring's creditors. The...
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When a dependant of a person who dies finds that they have not been provided for in the will of the deceased, and it would be reasonable for them to expect to be, they can make a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...
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Regrettably, cases in which the behaviour of an attorney for someone who is elderly or infirm is cause for an enquiry – and often an intervention – by the Public Guardian are increasingly common. An attorney has the responsibility always to act...
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Few disputes are as bitter as family disputes and the court is not normally the best place to settle them. A recent case shows how easy it can be for relations between family members to break down. A young couple's 'grand design' to restore a crumbling...
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A man who received a significant gift from his father before he died but failed to declare it for inclusion on the Inheritance Tax (IHT) return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after his father's death has been fined £87,000 as a result. The estate...
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The relationship between public authorities and private individuals raises difficult and controversial data protection issues. There is much anxiety on the part of civil rights campaigners about the seemingly incessant desire of the state to retain more and...
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Deeds of covenant over properties have been a frequent source of litigation over the years and a recent case demonstrates the wisdom of taking particular care to understand the scope and application of any covenants that apply to a property you are...