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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have long been aware that business owners sometimes try to claim tax relief as a business expense on what are essentially items of private expenditure. Recently, it has been reported that owners of horseboxes are being targeted...
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The Government has announced that copies of wills and grants of probate can be obtained online or by post. Each record of probate will cost £10. It is intended that new grants of probate will be available online within 14 days of issue and postal...
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If you are facing misery at the hands of builders working close by, a recent case shows that you are not powerless and that the law can protect householders plagued by building works on neighbouring properties. The case concerned a homeowner who was...
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A 'spiteful and wicked' husband, who branded his wife a psychopath in the midst of their £5.6 million divorce, has been hit hard in the pocket after a judge condemned him as a man who 'stops at nothing' to get what he wants . The man claimed that his...
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Bankruptcy is a stressful event for the bankrupt, particularly when the trustee in bankruptcy decides to seek a contribution to the creditors from pension policies that have not yet vested, as happened in a recent case . The trustee in bankruptcy claimed...
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Reaching a settlement with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a tax dispute will normally lead to a letter of offer being agreed with them and signed by the taxpayer(s). A recent case before the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) confirms the finality of such...
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Unpaid care home fees present a significant problem to care home owners across the country. A recent case dealt with a situation where fees were unpaid after the death of a man who had been receiving residential care. The owner of the care home claimed...
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What happens to a tenancy when the tenant dies or a tenant couple split up has led to many legal cases over the years. A recent case dealt with a situation in which one of the tenants of a house wished to end the tenancy after splitting up with her...
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Big money divorce cases get into the news for a whole variety of reasons, but an allegation of sex discrimination is seldom one of them. However, this was one of the issues raised in a divorce case involving a high-flying wife who sacrificed her career to...
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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...