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It is generally considered that if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) raise no enquiries in relation to a tax return in the year following its submission, that is the end of the matter. However, as a recent tax dispute shows, where HMRC make a 'discovery',...
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Just because you haven't paid for professional advice doesn't mean that the person who gave it to you is relieved from liability if it was negligently given. A recent case should serve as a warning to anyone with professional skills who offers free advice...
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A recent case clearly illustrates the inherent dangers of appointing amateur executors to administer your estate rather than qualified professionals. The executors were dealing with the estate of a deceased man and as part of their duties they filed a tax...
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When a marriage breaks up, the court's primary consideration is the welfare of any children, and their views are of great importance when a decision is being made as to which parent they should live with. In law, a child is a person under the age of 18. ...
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Anyone who lives in rented accommodation can breathe a sigh of relief after a tenant whose weekend cottage suffered severe flooding damage during a cold snap saw off a £128,000 demand from insurers. The High Court found that the woman was covered by...
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The Court of Protection has come to the rescue of an elderly man who wished to have access to his own funds. The man, now aged 87, appointed his son and daughter to be his attorneys under an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) executed a few months after his...
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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for their robust attitude towards tax avoidance schemes they consider to be questionable and, over the years, have introduced an ever-increasing variety of rules and regulations in combating such schemes and taken...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down a decision which should give considerable pause for thought to anyone who is tempted to use a 'law shop' or similar provider rather than a qualified and experienced firm of solicitors to handle their affairs. The case...
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Disputes over strips of property are common, and a typical result is that the resolution of the dispute costs many times the value of the land in dispute. This can cause particular problems when an estate is involved, as the executor is faced with potential...
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Another case on the definition of what constitutes a house for the purposes of the 'right to buy' legislation has been heard, providing further clarification on this contentious point. The premises in question were a small high street shop with residential...