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How to identify and minimise disputes around inheritance and the family home

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It is fairly common for parents to leave their estate to their children, which may include the family home. For most families, there are few issues in administering such estates. However, where one of several intended beneficiaries lives in the family home prior to the death of their parents, this can lead to disputes with the other beneficiaries (often their siblings) over the administration of the estate.

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Powers of Attorneys across borders

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In the second of this mini-series, we explore whether an English power of attorney can be relied upon to deal with assets located abroad.

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The deemed domicile end of tax year countdown

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Deemed domicile status provides an extraordinary opportunity to save tax but it’s an easy opportunity to miss.

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Act now to protect your digital legacy

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When dealing with estates when someone dies, we are finding that more and more people are passing away without leaving instructions for their executors or family members to gain access to their online presence. Some assets are also hard to locate.

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My journey to qualification

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When I graduated in 2011, my lecturers thought I was a “shoe in” for a training contract. I had graduated with a 2.1 and a Distinction in the LPC, had lots of extra circulars on my CV and a year work experience at Blake Morgan.

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Leasehold reforms are finally here, but what do they actually mean?

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A long-awaited announcement has been made by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

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How the proposed Capital Gains Tax changes could impact on divorce and financial agreements

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The Office for Tax Simplification has published a report proposing an overhaul to the Capital Gains Tax regime to bring it more in line with income tax.

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Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway and Lasting Powers of Attorney – why are they so important?

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Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway has revealed the nightmare she has faced since her husband went into hospital in March to be treated for Covid. It is a truly heart breaking situation that she faces.

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Can anything be done to bypass the current delays to grants of probate?

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Our Private Client Partner Mandy Casavant has contributed to the Financial Times regarding a significant slowdown in the probate process due to coronavirus.

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Are fears of post-COVID tax hikes driving sudden rise in gifting to family?

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Gifting by wealthy family members to their children has soared over the past three months but post-COVID tax planning may not be the primary driver, report our private wealth lawyers.

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Bye Autumn Budget, hello Winter Economy Plan

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Following his announcement that there would not be an Autumn Budget for 2020 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, revealed the latest package of Government support. These measures are to support businesses during the restrictions imposed to limit the expected upswing in coronavirus cases.

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Can I gift my home to my children and continue to live there?

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Land Registry revealed that average house prices in England increased 3.5% in the year to June 2020 with prices hitting a new peak. Increasing house prices means that a vast amount of wealth is usually tied up in property on death which can then be subject to Inheritance Tax.

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