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The basis on which stamp duty is charged is being changed in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property. The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty based on the value of the purchase. This 'single slab' system led to some creative...
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A little-reported case shows the danger of taking matters into your own hands when you buy goods of inferior quality. It dealt with the sale of a pony. The buyer of the pony considered it to be unsafe for use by children and that it had been...
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Two couples who entered into a protracted legal argument over the ownership of a ditch have been left facing legal costs of £500,000 after the dispute ended up in the Court of Appeal . The dispute arose when one of the couples asserted the right to...
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The children of a farmer who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 2013 had expected to inherit his estate. After his death, however, they discovered that he had made a new will in 2011, leaving his entire estate to a woman he had become close to...
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From 3 December 2014, a surviving spouse or civil partner will 'inherit' the ISA allowance of their deceased spouse or partner. The move, announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, means that the survivor will effectively have a double ISA allowance...
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It is not uncommon for a couple's financial circumstances to change a great deal after they divorce, and in such circumstances it will often happen that the poorer ex-spouse will seek to reopen the earlier financial settlement in an attempt to gain a bigger...
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When a solicitor was considered to be making a nuisance of herself by helping her clients make claims against the local council, which was also her landlord, the council took the decision to refuse to offer her a new lease. Her office was in a unit owned by...
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It may seem obvious, but in order to transfer the title to something to another person, it has to be clear what it is that is being transferred. When a deed purporting to make a gift of assets described as '£324,990 cash/investments' was made, the...
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A pedestrian who suffered fractures to her right ankle and knee when she tripped on the edge of a path has been awarded £30,000 in damages from her local authority. The 60-year-old woman had been visiting her elderly parents in council-owned sheltered...
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When a mother and son from a village near Barnsley sold their property (a house plus adjoining commercial buildings and land), the apportionment of the sale proceeds was crucial in the determination of the liability for Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The proceeds...