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Legal Updates

Calls for the Regulation of Will Writers

The Law Society has recently launched a campaign calling for will writers to be regulated.  At present anyone can set themselves up as a will writer without the appropriate training and protection in place. …

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Changes to Family Law Procedures

A shake up of the family law procedures in England and Wales comes into force on 6 April 2011.  From this date it will become compulsory for all people wishing to apply to the…

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Warning on Property Tax Avoidance

Following a recent increase in Stamp Duty Land Tax avoidance schemes the HRMC has conducted an exercise to determine the scale of the problem.  It has revealed through the use of such schemes approximately 1200…

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You Can’t Take it With You

At Hart Reade our private client lawyers have been watching with interest the BBC series of ‘Can’t take it with you’ which seeks to discuss the issues of Wills, intestacy and inheritance.  The programme…

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Definition of Domestic Violence Broadened

In Yemshaw v Hounslow London Borough Council the Court recently ruled that psychological as well as physical violence may be taken into account when judging whether a victim of domestic violence is deemed to be…

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Father Claims Back Part of Divorce Settlement

A father is trying to claim back part of a divorce settlement made with his former wife. Mr R ran a successful business with his late former wife and tried to get some of…

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Calls For Reform of Cohabitant Rights

Family Law The President of the Family Division has called for new rights for cohabitants when a relationship breaks down.  He highlighted the potential injustice caused by the law relating to cohabitants and said…

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New Stamp Duty Rate for Million Pound Properties

On Budget Day 2010 it was announced that the threshold at which stamp duty becomes payable on homes would be lifted from £125,000 to £250,000 for two years – only for first time buyers….

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For Love or Money? A Focus on Pre Nuptial Agreements

Pre nuptial agreements (affectionately referred to as ‘Prenups’) have recently been catapulted into the news with the press declaring that they are now binding, following the widely reported Supreme Court decision of Radmacher. The…

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