When spring cleaning is just not enough, it’s time to move!

19/04/2018

Your guide on how to move in time for summer... Now is the ideal time to be looking for your new home so you can move in time for the summer and make the most of the longer days. So what do you need to consider?

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and Discretionary Management Powers

01/03/2018

When Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) replaced their more simplistic predecessors (EPAs) in 2007, an opportunity arose whereby the person making the LPA (the donor) could include more specific guidance for their attorneys than had previously been possible. While a few clients chose to stipulate that their attorneys must not, for example, invest in companies supporting certain political parties, far more chose to provide no additional guidance, instead leaving the decision-making in the hands of their carefully chosen attorneys without restriction.

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CN v Poole Borough Council: Application for Permission to Appeal

27/02/2018

“The claimants have applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal. A detailed note on the Court of Appeal’s decision is available here. The defendant’s solicitors have been told by the Supreme Court Registry that the application for permission will be placed before the justices for their consideration this week, and that a decision will be notified to the parties. When the defendant’s advisers are officially informed of the outcome of the permission application, a further news item will appear here. The defendant is represented by Edward Faulks QC and Paul Stagg, instructed by Rob Hams of Wansbroughs.”

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

19/04/2018

Gifts are liable for Inheritance Tax (IHT) if you give away more than £325,000 capital in the 7 years before your death and while for some of us this tax charge can be unavoidable, it can be significantly reduced through tax efficient gifting.

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Are your attorneys ready to ‘spring’ into action?

14/02/2018

Now that winter is behind us, the renewed energy of spring provides the perfect opportunity to review your affairs. One point to consider is Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

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Friends with (Inheritance Tax) Benefits

01/02/2018

As reported in the national news, two men, both heterosexual, have married in Eire to avoid a colossal charge to inheritance tax in relation to a property. The case may be in the Republic of Ireland but is still of interest. The circumstances have been deemed “perfectly lawful” despite several potentially problematic provisions contained in the Irish Marriage Act 2015. Mr Murphy and best friend Mr O’Sullivan, decided to marry upon discovering that €50,000 would be due in tax on the death of Mr Murphy because of his choice to leave his property to someone other than his spouse by the terms of his Will. The circumstances surrounding this situation however, also turn on the fact that Mr O’Sullivan acted as a carer for Mr Murphy without remuneration.

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