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Inheriting ISAs to be made simpler

The right to inherit an ISA from a spouse or civil partner who has died is a relatively recent right, but the process is very complex. ...

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SDLT on second homes in the Autumn statement

The attack on owning 2nd homes goes on. The extra 3% could be very confusing in many cases. We await the legislation for April 2016 but...

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More attacks on tax avoidance in the Autumn statement

The only consolation is that they are looking again at DOTAS and IHT -revised proposals are due out soon.

As expected from the previous Budgets of 2015, the Government has announced yet more measures to tackle tax evasion and avoidance. There...…

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Court rules on life sustaining treatment

The Court of Protection has authorised the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment for Mrs N who is medically considered to be in a...

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Buy-to-let SDLT changes

From 1 April 2016, second properties will be subject to an additional rate of SDLT.  This will be applicable for properties worth greater...

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Pension relief set to be reduced!

With all possible avenues of tax planning being blocked, one of the only way to legitimately reduce your tax bill is to save for your...

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Limiting treatment for seriously ill children

The case of C, a baby born early this year (in a car on the way to hospital and deprived of oxygen because of the difficult circumstances...

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Only 7% create a Lasting Power of Attorney

A YouGov survey commissioned by Solicitors for the Elderly is commented on in the Law Society Gazette. 84% of respondents wanted a loved...

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UK to have beneficial ownership register

The UK will require overseas territories to:

1. Allow HMRC access to company beneficial ownership information without restriction

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Will witnesses ... post death

A recent decision by Derby Crown Court serves as a reminder that even if a will has been genuinely signed by the testator, it must still...

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Is it the end of the personal service company

The effect of the proposed changes could mean that an individual working through a personal service company will have to be remunerated...

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Description of asset leads to will dispute

Guthrie v Morel, 2015 EWHC 3172 Ch concerned a legacy of a property referred to as ’87 Loma del Rey’, left by the deceased Brian Morel to...

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Charities battle potentially invalid will

Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Royal Institute of Cancer Care and The Royal National Institutes of Blind and Deaf People are currently...

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Funeral Rites...

A recent case before the High Court has highlighted how difficult the sensitive issue of funeral arrangements can be for those left behind.

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Inheritance claims by a cohabitee

A recent statistic released by the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of cohabiting couples with children has increased...

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Cohabitees on the Rise but Misconceptions Remain

The Office of National Statistics have published data which confirms that cohabitee relationships are on the rise. These relationships...

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Continued Rise of the Silver Splitters

Divorce rates continue to rise among the over 50's, contrary to the norm. With people living longer, living more active lives and...

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Spouses and civil partners can inherit the ISA pot

150,000 married ISA savers die every year. Under old rules, their ISA wrapper and the tax advantages ceased on death.

Since 6 April 2015,...

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HMRC continue to fail the taxpayer!

Following hot on the heals of HMRC's continued failure to answer telephone calls quickly or at all it has emerged that HMRC is taking...

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Mental health crisis?

Mental health is not always taken as seriously as it should and the term crisis is unfortunately correctly used.

However there is way to...

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BVI requires compulsory register of directors

As of 1 January 2016, beneficial ownership information of BVI companies will be required to be held within the BVI and relevant...

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Capital gains tax is the fast growing tax

HMRC's capital gains tax take has risen 43 percent in the last year. Why? Well, the increase is due to property and shares increasing...

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Window of opportunity to maximise pension relief

George Osborne's decision to review pension reliefs early next year gives a few more months in which to ensure that you have claimed the...

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HMRC wins the Rangers tax appeal!

The Court of Session has confirmed that HMRC has won the case against Rangers football club.

The court has confirmed that payments in to...

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Rangers lose at home.

Rangers lose their latest appeal on the improper use of EBTs. I can not imagine it was a shock result. HMRC are never happier than when...

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Changes to buy-to-let mortgages

From 21 March 2016 new rules will regulate buy-to-let mortgages. There will be two types of buy-to-let borrowers - consumer and...

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Do you have a Will?

Why make a Will?

Research shows that less than one third of adults have made Wills and one in six

Wills are out of date. If you do not...

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Number of Will Disputes Increasing.

The increasing number of post-death disputes is not due to a change in the law but as a result of our changing demographic and social...

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