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When a child is taken away from one parent by the other against a ruling of the Family Court, the consequences can be severe for anyone who withholds information as to the child's whereabouts, as a recent case illustrates . Following the break-up of his...
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Words are the very stuff of law. Whilst in most instances the legal meaning of a word is the same as its meaning in everyday use (and the courts generally use the everyday meaning of a word when a variety of interpretations are possible), this is not always...
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Arguments over property ownership are very common, despite being easily avoidable provided the correct legal paperwork is put in place. A recent case dealt with the ownership of a property after an unmarried couple broke up. At no point had they created...
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For a property to qualify for private residence relief from Capital Gains Tax (CGT), it must in fact have been the taxpayer's residence. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for contesting claims that the private residence exemption applies to a...
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Solicitors have to have comprehensive professional indemnity insurance and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, so you can be sure that, if anything should go wrong, you will be properly covered. When a solicitor assists in a purchase,...
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A recent case shows clearly, yet again, how important it is not to rely on oral promises. When a woman gave substantial sums to the man she was in a relationship with, she claimed she had done so because he had repeatedly promised that he would leave his...
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It is a fundamental principle of family law that the courts will always put the welfare of a child first in making any decision about where the child should live. However, it is also an established legal principle that when a lower court makes a judgment on...
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There have been dozens of cases involving equity release and similar arrangements that have gone wrong. However, there are not many circumstances in which the courts will overturn an agreement between people where this was made with the benefit of...
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'Legal advice privilege' is the legal phrase for the confidentiality that exists with regard to legal advice and has traditionally been interpreted to mean that legal advice between a solicitor and their client cannot be required to be disclosed for any...
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From 6 April 2017, a new Inheritance Tax (IHT) relief is being introduced that will benefit homeowners in the UK. With house prices having risen rapidly over the years, the family home is a substantial asset for many families – and a potential IHT...