Private Client Articles

What is a Trust?

A trust comes into effect when a ‘settlor’ places money, land or other assets in the hands of trustees. The trustees are the legal owners...

Estates – What Happens if Values Fall?

One of the biggest problems now facing executors is that as the recession progresses, most assets, other than cash, are falling in value, which can...

Estates – What Happens if Values Fall?

One of the biggest problems now facing executors is that as the recession progresses, most assets, other than cash, are falling in value, which can...

Child Maintenance Explained

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) – a statutory non-departmental public body – was established in 2008 to take on the work of the...

Heir Hunters – Take Advice!

Until the recent publicity afforded by television shows on the subject, many people might not have realised that ‘heir tracing’ companies exist, let alone that...

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Private Client News

Don’t Litigate Without a Lawyer to Tell You When You’re Wrong!August 24, 2017

One reason why it is rarely advisable to represent yourself in litigation is that you need a good lawyer to tell you when you are...

Small Pension Pots – Planning PossibilitiesAugust 22, 2017

People aged over 55 who have only a small (less than £30,000) pension pot in a defined benefit (final salary) scheme or in some instances...

Skulduggery in Divorce Proceedings Will Do You No GoodAugust 16, 2017

Resorting to skulduggery in divorce proceedings is sadly common but almost never does either side any good. That was certainly so in one case in...

Court Rejects Will in a Crisp PacketAugust 3, 2017

Unfulfilled hopes of substantial inheritance are commonplace, both in fact and fiction, but not often do they lead to such ham-fisted attempts at forgery as...

Managing the Affairs of Missing People Law PassedJuly 20, 2017

With the general election hogging the headlines, the passing of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, went...

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