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The importance of having a lasting power of attorney

Phoebe Trott
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Recent statistics confirm that 82% of people have not yet made lasting powers of attorney (LPA).  An LPA is a legal document that enables you to appoint one or more people as your attorneys. Attorneys are able to assist you in making decisions or can...

How might changes to CGT affect farmers and land owners?

Jessica Newton
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Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is payable on any chargeable gains made on the disposal (or deemed disposal) of capital assets. The Finance Act 2019 came into force on 12 February 2019 and implements changes to the current CGT regime taking effect from 6 April 2020,...

Adverse weather and construction contracts

Perdeep Grewal
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Strong winds, storms and even snow! This just sums up the adverse weather for the past fortnight. Many projects could be hindered or, at worst, even terminated. Considering the adverse weather, what should contractors do to ensure they do not fall behind on...

Social media influencers: is your post an #Ad?

Tim Field
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With the proliferation of social media influencers, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) are cracking down on advertising posts. Do your posts comply with the current guidelines? The ASA has just launched an easy to use flow chart to assist social media...

Why you need a will in your twenties

Leah Woodnott
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At 25 years old, this week I decided it was time to get my life admin in order and write my own will. Having previously worked in a Contested Probate team, and now working in the Wills, Trust and Probate team for over a year, really, I should have had a...

Parental leave decision

Julie Temple
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Last year, in the case of Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than a woman received whilst on maternity leave. Hextall asked for permission to...

Force majeure: Is Coronavirus an Act of God?

David Wisbey
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This is one of a number of questions I have been asked by a client about the impact of the coronavirus on supply chains. Our client manufactures car components in factories in China. It also relies on suppliers of sub-components and raw materials that are...

What will happen to your cryptocurrency when you die?

Leah Woodnott
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I recently read an intriguing BBC News article outlining the difficulties families have when accessing a deceased’s cryptocurrency. What is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency and does not have a physical form.  It is...

Proposed changes to IHT and how that affects farmers

Katie Gibson-Green
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The Tax Simplification Office has reported the need to overhaul the complex tax system under which we currently operate. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Inheritance and Intergenerational Fairness has published a report recommending the abolition of...

Court overrules divorce settlement twice

Karen Johnson
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The case of Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts was in the news last week. The case is notable because of the highly unusual decision to set aside a financial remedy order, not just once but twice. The millionaire couple, James Goddard-Watts and Julia...

Grenfell Tower - update on new measures

Daniel Sturman
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This month, the government announced new measures to improve the safety of buildings in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster. The new measures are: The creation of a Building Safety Regulator (“BSR”) to oversee the design and management...

Court proceedings over child arrangements

Karen Johnson
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Figures were released earlier this month showing that Cafcass received a total of 3,284 new private law cases (involving 4,040 children) in December 2019. This was 7% higher than December 2018. This continues a trend of an increased number of private law...

Beware of the online divorce

Philip Hoddell
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Government statistics show that as many as 40% of divorces are now being dealt with online. But what is the background to this and where are the pitfalls of an online divorce?  Online divorce was introduced by the Ministry of Justice in 2018. A lot of...

"National Divorce Day" 2020 - So how was it for you?

Muntech Kaur
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The phrase "Divorce Day", traditionally the first Monday in January, is coined by the media rather than family lawyers. Many who practice family law, including family lawyers who are Members of Resolution , are likely to agree. So, it is...

Have you considered leaving a legacy in your will?

Phoebe Trott
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Last week, after a devoted Norwich City FC fan sadly passed away, it became clear that he had left a legacy in his will to buy all the players a drink. Did you know there are different types of legacies which could be included in a will, depending on how...

New Agriculture Bill in Parliament ahead of Brexit

Jessica Newton
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On 16 January 2020, the Agriculture Bill was introduced into Parliament, but what will this mean for farmers and agricultural workers? The Agriculture Bill is intended to replace the Common Agricultural Policy on the UK’s exit from the European Union....

First change in intestacy rules since 2014

Phoebe Trott
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The House of Commons ruled this week (15 January 2020) that the statutory legacy for partners under the intestacy rules will increase to £270,000 as of 6 February 2020. The update, which was due in October 2019, has been welcomed by the Law Society....

Who manages someone's affairs when a person goes missing?

Lisa Cox
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In July last year, the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 finally came into force. This act has been long-awaited for families with missing loved ones. Birkett Long represented the claimant in the first claim of this kind in the Chancery Division of...

Can your email footer amount to a signature?

Perdeep Grewal
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The world’s oldest known signature, from Sumeria (in modern-day Iraq), was added to the back of a clay tablet in circa 3100 BC. Fast forward to the 21st century, electronic signatures are now used as a popular and quick way to execute documents. Do...

IR35: Government announces review into off-payroll working

Charlotte Holman
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The government has announced that it is launching a review into the implementation of changes to the off-payroll working rules. In an official statement, it said, ‘the review will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the smooth and...

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