Written on Friday, 18 November 2016 - 11:32am
Local solicitor offers urgent warning about Government’s ‘risky’ online legal tool • Local solicitor, Victoria Moss from Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers LLP issues warning about the Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) • LPA tool leaving people at risk of financial abuse and fraud • Coalition of organisations including Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), Action on Elder Abuse, Anchor, Contact the Elderly and SOLLA are backing new report
Written on Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 2:00pm
Stamp Duty Land Tax Changes effective from 1st April 2016
 
This month, the Government have introduced new laws in respect of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).
Written on Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 10:49am

When questioned on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) most people will tell you that they don’t need one because they are fit and healthy and that LPAs are only required for elderly people.
Sadly, this is not the case, and we aim to raise awareness of LPAs as every person should consider making them.

 

Written on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 1:19pm

We have recently been contacted by a client who has been advised by HSBC that HSBC are transferring their probate services business to a third party known as Simplify Trust Corporation.  We would like to take the opportunity to explain this type of arrangement to our clients and the impact it may have on the administration of their estates in the future.

Written on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 10:44am

The Court of Appeal have just given a landmark ruling in respect of making a claim over an estate that an individual has been specifically excluded from.

Written on Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 12:00am

For a lot of people, buying & selling their home can be one of the most stressful times in their life.

This guide will help to provide you with explanations of the processes involved and will hopefully answer some frequently asked questions.

Your Sale

Written on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 11:33am

A recent case to hit the news headlines involved Mrs Wyatt against her ex-husband Mr Vince. The claim was brought by Mrs Wyatt for financial settlement against her ex-husband. The unusual circumstances of this case being that the marriage broke down more than 30 years ago. The ex-husband, who is now a multi-millionaire businessman, acquired his wealth sometime after the parties divorced. Furthermore it was a relatively short marriage of just two years before they separated.

Written on Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 2:47pm

As of 4th December 2014, most people buying a house will pay less Stamp Duty.

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for residential properties is now charged at different rates depending on the portion of the purchase price that falls within each rate band.

The changes will apply to residential properties completed on or after 4 December 2014.

Written on Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 1:43pm

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 comes into force on the 1 October 2014.  This legislation includes provisions which apply to those who die intestate (i.e., without making a Will) and changes the way in which the assets of people who die without making Wills are shared between their relatives.

Written on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 1:53pm

In recent years the general position has been that employers would generally not set a compulsory retirement age for employees as doing so could be regarded as discriminatory.  However, a compulsory retirement age can be imposed providing an employer can justify it.