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New probate fees were not assessed by the government before being introduced

New probate fees were not assessed by the government before being introduced

Although the government has put plans in place to increase probate administering fees, it has been discovered that no assessments have actually been carried out by government officials on how high-value estates will be affected.

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February 22, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Potential probate rule changes could cause inheritance tax rush

Potential probate rule changes could cause inheritance tax rush

A spike in the amount of inheritance tax (IHT) receipts is being predicted this year as bereaved family members move to complete their paperwork before potential changes to probate fees come into effect.

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February 18, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Inheritance Tax receipts hit “record high” in 2018

Inheritance Tax receipts hit “record high” in 2018

Inheritance tax payments have increased by more than £1 billion since 2014/15, new figures reveal.

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February 15, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

“Overly complex” divorce system “fuels conflict”, says report

“Overly complex” divorce system “fuels conflict”, says report

The current “overly complex” divorce system in England and Wales can “fuel conflict” and disadvantages people who represent themselves and those alleging abuse as grounds for divorce, a study has revealed.

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February 13, 2019
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Important: UK citizens need to be aware of lasting power of attorney

Important: UK citizens need to be aware of lasting power of attorney

Lasting power of attorney (LPA) allows UK citizens to choose someone to act on their behalf in case they are incapacitated – whether it be through illness, an accident, or a lack of mental capacity – but only 14 per cent of people have set it up.

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February 10, 2019
Posted in Blog, Private Client

New measures have “significant impact” on domestic abuse conviction rates

New measures have “significant impact” on domestic abuse conviction rates

Measures that will help “drive up prosecutions” in domestic abuse cases are set to be rolled out across England and Wales.

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December 19, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Study reveals UK ‘property price hotspots’

Study reveals UK ‘property price hotspots’

A new analysis of Land Registry data claims to have revealed the ‘Top UK Property Hotspots’ for 2018 in terms of house price growth.

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December 18, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property

Inheritance Tax gap at £600 million a year

Inheritance Tax gap at £600 million a year

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has found that the tax gap for inheritance tax is £600m a year despite a steady increase in receipts seen by HM Revenue & Customs.

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December 14, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

ICO fines spam text firm for data protection breach

ICO fines spam text firm for data protection breach

A tax advisory company has been fined £200,000 after sending out millions of unsolicited marketing text messages.

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December 13, 2018
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Olympic cyclist’s sex discrimination case could have ‘significant ramifications’

Olympic cyclist’s sex discrimination case could have ‘significant ramifications’

A sex discrimination challenge brought before an Employment Tribunal this week could have ‘significant ramifications’, it has been warned.

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December 11, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment