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

Flats Development ‘No Pets’ Policy Passes High Court TestMay 9, 2018

If your tenancy agreement contains a 'no pets' policy, the fact that your pet does not cause any issues for other tenants will not prevent...

Psychiatrist Approves Marriage for Alzheimer’s PatientMay 3, 2018

Remarriages are a common source of disagreement and acrimony among family members and dementia is an increasingly prevalent issue, so it is unsurprising that when...

Who Owns the Balance on the Joint Account?May 1, 2018

Sometimes, what seem to be quite simple questions have to be decided in court. In a recent case, the issue was who owned the money...

Everyone Has a Right to Know Who Their Parents Are – DNA Test CaseApril 25, 2018

In a ground-breaking decision that prioritised the rights of the living over those of the dead, the Court of Appeal has opened the way for...

Reliance on Accountant Shows Reasonable CareApril 11, 2018

If you rely on your accountant's advice regarding a tax issue, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will now regard you as having taken 'reasonable care'...

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