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Legal Updates

Will Making in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has made it problematic for the practitioners to take clients’ instructions face to face, or for the Will to be executed in the presence of appropriate witnesses.  Practitioners have to be…

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Buy-to-Let Landlord’s Legal Guide to 2020

2020 marks another year of changes for the buy-to-let market. Landlords are advised to keep abreast of their legal duties as added responsibilities are set to be imposed and debated across various areas of…

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Spousal Maintenance

What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal Maintenance is a monthly payment from one party to the other, which continues following a divorce. It is separate to Child Maintenance. Is Spousal Maintenance payable in all cases?…

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Important Changes in Capital Gains Tax for Transfers of Private Residences – Less Than a Month to Go

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2020 sees dramatic changes to the current capital gains tax calculation, reporting and payment regimes and it is imperative that owners of residential properties…

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Statutory Legacy on Intestacy Increased by £20,000

Statutory Legacy on Intestacy Increased by £20,000

The government has increased the statutory legacy payable to spouses and civil partners on intestacy from £250,000 to £270,000 for deaths on or after 6 February 2020. If an individual dies intestate (without having…

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Personal Guarantees in commercial lending and the need for independent legal advice

Owners of businesses operating as corporate entities will be familiar with the use of personal guarantees when taking out commercial loans. Anyone who has been asked to act as a guarantor will also know…

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Financial Disclosure – Establishing the Assets 

What is Financial Disclosure? Financial disclosure is the process of exchanging full details of your personal financial circumstances (within divorce proceedings) with your spouse. It is usually provided in a document known as a…

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Private Drainage Systems – Smelling of Roses?

The majority of properties are connected to the mains system for drainage of foul waste. There are, however, a number of properties where mains drainage is not possible and which remain connected to private…

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Legal Rights of Separating Cohabitees

Legal Rights of Separating Cohabitees: The Family Home

Separating from your partner can be a difficult and stressful time.  There will be a lot to sort out, including what should happen to the family home. So, what is the legal position in respect of the family home where the parties are unmarried?

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Restrictive Covenants and the Development of Land

It is often wrongly assumed that the grant of planning permission removes any further barriers from development progress. One must also consider the impact of any restrictive covenants on the land. Which may exist…

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