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Inheritance tax payments to soar to £21billion as house prices rise

The amount families will have to pay in inheritance tax is set to increase by £3billion to £21billion over the next five years. The amount families will have to pay in inheritance tax is set to increase by £3billion to £21billion over the next five years. The rise is due to the revival of ....

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Wife waited too long to seek better deal from husband’s will

People who feel they have not been properly provided for in a relative’s will can ask the courts to step in and grant them a larger share of the deceased person’s estate. People who feel they have not been properly provided for in a relative’s will can ask the courts to step in and grant th....

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Employment law and SMEs

Manufacturing, engineering and services sector businesses of all sizes are subject to wide-ranging employment law. Compliance is a challenge for all, but particularly for smaller and medium-sized businesses that do not have specialist in-house resources to deal with all the issues and duties i....

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Recognition by the Law Society

Essex and Hertfordshire law firm Attwaters Jameson Hill is celebrating after being re-accredited to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme by the Law Society.  This is a rare achievement and is in recognition of the hard work, the high standards and service that the residential property team provide to th....

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Trust period amended to reduce inheritance tax burden

Discretionary trusts are a great way to reduce the burden of inheritance tax but they must be drawn up properly to be effective. Discretionary trusts are a great way to reduce the burden of inheritance tax but they must be drawn up properly to be effective. A recent case before the High Court ....

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Court rules a mother’s will was forged by her son

A woman’s will has been declared invalid after a court ruled that it had been forged by her son. The woman originally made a will in 1999, stating that she intended to split her estate equally between her two children. The son claimed the mother made a new will while she was dying from cance....

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Failing to make a will could become a nightmare for your family

Nearly two out of three people in the UK haven't made a will and so risk creating a financial nightmare for their families, according to new research. The survey suggests that many people don't make a will because they feel uncomfortable about discussing death and their dying wishes. However, ....

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Engineers must pay damages for breaching contract

An engineering firm has lost its appeal against having to pay damages to an airline company. An engineering firm has lost its appeal against having to pay damages to an airline company. The case involved a breach of contract by the engineers. They had an agreement with the airline that they wo....

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Police officers win age discrimination claim

Several police officers have won age discrimination claims after being forced to retire early. The five police forces responsible could now have to pay out millions of pounds in compensation. Test cases were brought on behalf of 250 officers. They lost their jobs under regulation A19, which al....

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Court corrects costly error in family trust document

An extended family have been able to rectify a trust document which would have prevented them benefiting in the way intended when the settlement was first drawn up. The case involved a farming business. The shares were originally held by a husband and wife team in the 1970s. The couple put a n....

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Levy exemption for self-build homes comes into effect

The government has made it easier for people to build their own homes by cutting the Community Infrastructure Levy on self-built accommodation. Property developers have to pay a levy to local councils to help with the cost of the infrastructure needed to support the development. Some local cou....

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Delays over powers of attorney causing stress for families

Delays in the process of setting up lasting powers of attorney (LPA) are causing considerable stress and expense for thousands of families, according to a report in the Times newspaper. An LPA is a legal arrangement that enables you to authorise someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf ....

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