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Should I transfer my house to my children?

This is a question that we are now frequently asked. With the possible introduction of significantly higher probate fees in May, it is likely that this will become an even more popular question. The significant increase in probate fees for some estates means that people are looking at ways to ...

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Probate Fee Petition

To deal with a person’s estate it is usually necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate where the estate exceeds £50,000 in value and it may be required for smaller estates in some circumstances. The current fee payable to obtain the Grant of Probate is £155 if the application is ...

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The Inheritance Tax Rules are Changing

An increasing number of families are unknowingly facing an inheritance tax liability, as the older generations have accumulated wealth and property values have increased. However, new rules coming into force soon may reduce the IHT liability for some home owners, with a new additional allowance called the “residence nil rate ...

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Court considers correct approach to conflicting evidence (Fielding and another v Hunt (acting as liquidator of the Burnden Group Ltd))

Restructuring & Insolvency analysis: How should a court deal with conflicts between contemporaneous documents and the evidence of witnesses who have not been cross-examined? Nick Oliver, director and head of the insolvency and business turnaround team at Verisona Law, considers the Chancery Division’s approach in Fielding and another v Hunt, ...

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Tribunal Pays Outs on the Increase

From 6th April 2017, the financial limits for awards made in employment tribunals and statuary payments will rise to record highs. At the start of the new financial year, The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 (SI 2017/715) will introduce new thresholds for awards made in tribunals and other ...

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Working together to divorce

If your relationship does break down we will do our best to get you and your family through the divorce process in one piece. As ‘collaborative’ family lawyers we use mediation wherever possible to avoid costly, stressful court battles and reach a fair agreement that everyone can agree too. We ...

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WYATT v VINCE: Revolution or Overreaction?

The news that five Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that Ms Kathleen Wyatt can take legal action against her millionaire ex-husband, Mr Dale Wince, after they divorced 20 years ago, long before he made his fortune, has sent shockwaves through the legal profession. While press and broadcasters who made the ...

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New laws for child custody and access arrangements

The Children and Families Act 2014 has established new laws and guidance to help decide where children should live or spend time if their parents have separated and are going through divorce. Here are the key points >> The new Children and Families Act 2014 wraps up arrangements for residence ...

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