Private Client Articles

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...

Treasure Trove – The Law

There are countless stories of buried treasure, for example, the recent a huge find of Roman artefacts  unearthed in London, but the public at large know little...

Post-Nuptial Agreements – the Basics

More than 40 per cent of marriages end in divorce (in England and Wales more than 110,000 couples divorce annually) and when one in five...

Duty of Care Surprisingly Limited

An interesting attempt at a defence came to nothing in a recent traffic accident case.   It involved a driver who, having missed his turning, decided to...

CGT and Shares in Estates Valuation Trap

In the UK, there are quite generous exemptions from Inheritance Tax (IHT) which apply to business assets. One problem with making use of such exemptions...

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Private Client News

Alcoholism and Mental CapacityJanuary 13, 2017

In order to make a valid will, you need to know your own mind – and it helps to have a solicitor on hand to...

Non-Working Daughter Loses Claim for Financial ProvisionDecember 27, 2016

Claims by disappointed children seeking a share, or a larger share, of a parental estate are on the rise, with the latest figures published showing...

Undisclosed Assets on Break-Up Cause Problems for ExecutorDecember 13, 2016

When a couple break up, a financial settlement is normally agreed between them as part of the proceedings and that, usually, is that. However, in a...

Need to Ensure Will Understood Emphasised in Court RulingNovember 24, 2016

There are a number of criteria which must apply in order for a will to be valid and one of the most important is that...

Everyone Makes MistakesNovember 11, 2016

When a businessman died, he left his substantial and complex business affairs in the hands of his executors – his brother, his widow and his...

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