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Tax and Trust changes afoot

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Partner and head of our Private Client team James McNeile examines two important notices issued this month: the first one signalling potential changes to taxation of chargeable gains, and the second concerning the final regulations regarding the UK Trust Register.

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Capital Gains Tax changes April 2020

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New rules in respect of capital gains tax (CGT) will come into force, for UK residents, affecting all disposals of property from 6 April 2020.

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Wills witnessed over video link to be legal

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The Government is bringing in legislation that will allow individuals to have their Wills witnessed via video links. The legislation will apply to Wills made since 31 January 2020, the date of the first registered Covid-19 case in England and Wales.

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The tale of Covid-19, the Statutory Residence Test and “Exceptional Circumstances”

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused great uncertainty for many clients, including those who have found themselves stuck in a jurisdiction, unable to leave on the date they intended. It has triggered particular concern for non-UK resident individuals whose tax status may be impacted by a longer stay in the UK.

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Change a Cometh: the modernisation of the Lasting Power of Attorney process

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The Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) ramps up its effort to modernise and digitalise its service.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney, and other options, during COVID-19

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Associate Mythili Bonham takes a look at Lasting Powers of Attorney and how the current delays in registrations due to COVID-19 don’t necessarily mean you can’t have control over your future.

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To apply or not to apply to the Court of Protection?

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That is the question… which many Attorneys should be asking themselves when spending a Donor’s money, and a question many advisers should be aware needs to be asked.

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Is it time to review a lockdown Will?

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One area where there has been much debate in the legal sector over the past few months is in relation to the preparation and execution of Wills. Many firms saw a huge increase in demand for will instructions in March and April and it is inevitable that there will also have been an increase in the number of Wills that were made at home, without professional assistance.

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Frontline carers exempt from inheritance tax

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The families of frontline carers are to be exempt from inheritance tax should they die as a result of Covid-19 through the course of their work thanks to an exemption to legislation first created for serving personnel and emergency services.

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The valuable domicile election – don’t miss out

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Domicile is the keystone to inheritance tax (‘IHT’). Where a married couple or registered civil partners are both UK domiciled or both non-UK domiciled, the full spousal exemption applies.

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Clitheroe v Bond – A test case in disinheriting family members and the necessary mental capacity

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In England and Wales, there is testamentary freedom. This means that a client of sound mind is perfectly entitled to make a Will for capricious, frivolous, mean or even bad reasons without the Will being invalid.

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WhatsApp with a digital will? – Finding tech solutions for making a will in isolation

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With seriously ill individuals with Covid-19 and the general population exercising social distancing, it is vital that there is still an option to create or update a will whilst remaining in isolation. But how can this be done?

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