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Royds Withy King attracts new Partner specialising in complex & high value divorce

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High value divorce legal expert, Maria Mulroe, has joined Royds Withy King as the law firm looks to step up its offering to entrepreneurs with substantial business and personal assets.

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Death and taxes: plans that impact the transfer of wealth

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This article first appeared in The Times on 11 July 2019.

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Making a will – why use a lawyer?

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Have you ever wondered why some Will writers charge as little as £19.99 for making a will, whereas some companies can charge over £1,000?

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A step too far?

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Whilst it is widely accepted that the current Inheritance Tax rules are overly complex and need to be simplified, do the proposals being considered by Labour go too far?

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I leave all my assets to my spouse, and all my data to be managed by…?

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Life used to be so simple. A person would die and their house, bank accounts and shares were all easily identifiable. The house would contain drawers of private letters and photographs, all dealt with by the Executors of the Will. But now, a person dies receiving hardly any hard copy post. Their life is charted in the on-line ether. A whole life is recorded in Facebook check-ins, Instagram images, Tick Tok videos, and banging playlists.

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Care fees and your home – what can you do?

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For many, owning a home is a result of a life’s hard work which they hope to pass on to loved ones after death. It can come as a shock to realise that their home may need to be sold to fund their care at a care home. Care funding can seem like a complicated area to get to grips with so we explain the key areas in more detail.

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A legal guide to organ donation in the UK

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Dying Matters Organ Donation

Organ donation is an emotionally charged topic. On the one hand it is impossible to separate it from the grief and sadness that comes with a person’s death. On the other, it provides a unique opportunity to save someones life, and can allow something positive to exist in its place by giving comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

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Non-UK residents now subject to tax on gains on commercial property

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A significant change to the taxation of non-UK residents came into effect on 6 April 2019 which means gains on all UK property* (commercial as well as residential) are subject to UK tax. Gains on disposals by individuals and companies will be within the scope of UK tax. The changes are wide reaching as the rules can apply to direct disposals but also to disposals of shares in property rich companies.

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What’s the latest on Income Tax for Furnished Holiday Lets?

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There are a number of income tax advantages for Furnished Holiday Lets (FHLs) which are not available to owners of regular buy-to-let properties – these advantages are making FHLs an increasingly attractive option for landlords.

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Inheritance Act claims: More uncertainty over time limits

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In the recent case of Cowan v Foreman a widow attempted to make a claim on an estate 17 months after the relevant deadline had passed. The judge refused to give permission for her late claim, suggesting a stricter approach should be adopted by the court in the future. However, a recent decision in the case of Bhusate v Patel, to allow a widow to make a claim over 25 years out of time, suggests that this strict approach may not be adopted for every case.

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A rare successful undue influence case

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It has long been established that a Will can be challenged on the grounds of undue influence. However the evidential threshold to prove undue influence has been set high by the courts so successful cases are few and far between. This week one of these rare cases has been reported in the context of three daughters contesting their mother’s Will on the grounds that their father and brother pressured their mother to leave her whole estate to their brother.

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Tax and legal issues for emigration from the UK

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With the uncertainty around Brexit and talk of a potential general election, some are considering their options as to whether to remain in the UK or leave. We look at the some legal and tax issues that people may want to consider to make sure their affairs are in order in the UK before leaving.

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