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Estate Preservation

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Estate Preservation is concerned with maximising the value that you are able to pass to your family or other chosen beneficiaries. This does not just mean protecting your estate from Inheritance Tax.  You also may wish (eg)  to: Protect...

Beware of Witholding Financial Information on Divorce

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On the 14th October 2015, the Supreme Court made a ruling which made it clear that dishonesty in financial dealings upon divorce will not be tolerated and settlements based on dishonest information are susceptible to being set aside. Alison Sharland and...

Maintenance for Ex Partners: The Meal Ticket for Life?

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In a News item earlier in the year  we looked at the decision from the Court of Appeal in the case of   Wright v Wright . The case highlighted a definite shift in the attitude of the courts towards long term financial dependence by one ex-spouse...

Family Dispute Resolution: Putting Children First

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Putting Children First is the focus of Family Dispute Resolution Week 2015 and yesterday the Chair of Resolution  attended Parliament along with the founder of support organisation OnlyDads   to discuss with MPs how they can support...

Disinheriting Family...A Cautionary Tale

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The Court of Appeal made a landmark ruling* on 27 July 2015 which has significant implications for the preparation of Wills. The Will of Melita Jackson left her entire estate valued at over £485,000 to be divided equally between three charities; it...

Do I Really Need a Financial Order on Divorce?

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Do I really need to get a Financial Order on divorce? A very recent Judgment would strongly suggest that the answer to that is ‘ YES ’ … if you do not want to be looking over your shoulder indefinitely. The Supreme Court has ruled that...

Concerned for a Vulnerable Relative?

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If you are health care professional  or if you are concerned for a vulnerable relative, or friend, then one of your anxieties will be how quickly  help can be summoned? Modern technology makes this possible but it is not always readily accessible...

Unlocking the Value in Your Home

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The term ‘capital rich, income poor’ describes the position of many people in their later years.  There is value locked up in the home but there is little income and little in the way of savings.For many people their most valuable asset is...

Child Benefit Tax Charge

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Child Benefit: Income Tax Charge for those on Higher Incomes The recent change to child benefit rules apply to tax payers with income exceeding £50,000 in a tax year and who are in receipt of Child Benefit, and to tax payers with income exceeding...

Give a Child a Home

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Supported by the Department of Education, the ” Give a Child a Home  campaign aims to encourage people to foster and adopt” . Speaking to  ITN on Monday 31st October 2011 , David Cameron said that wants to improve the adoption...

Message In A Bottle

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The  message in a bottle  (‘MIAB’) scheme is intended to save the emergency services time in dealing with an accident or illness. The idea is to make it easy for emergency services to find essential information about  medication,...

Adoption: The Narey Report

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The Narey Report: A blueprint for the nation’s lost children. … as The Times put it when publishing  the Narey report  on 5th July 2011 . It is to the credit of The Times that they commissioned Martin Narey, former chief executive...

Public Sector Strike Action

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Closure of schools and time off for parents The closure of a school because of industrial action is likely to be a breakdown of care arrangements particularly for younger children. Parents are entitled to  unpaid  leave to deal with such...

New EU Rules on Maintenance Payments

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European Commission – Press Release … Children and families to benefit from new EU rules on maintenance payments Brussels, 21 June 2011 – Under new EU-wide rules which apply as of this week, children across the EU will benefit from...