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Private Client Section

The Private Section covers wills and probate, estate administration, elderly client, mental capacity, trusts and tax and estate planning. We also cover other areas as they relate to private client law and practice, from practice management in private client firms to charity law, and from state benefits to international law and practice

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A fine line

21 February 2018

A professional deputy is under a duty to protect P from financial abuse and spending unwisely, but when does this become overprotectiveness? Using practical examples, Holly Miéville-Hawkins and Asha Beswetherick explain how you can navigate this increasingly fine line

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LPA refund scheme: precedent letter available for downloadSubscription

21 February 2018

The Ministry of Justice has launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register powers of attorney. The Private Client Section has prepared a precedent letter that members can send to their clients informing them of the scheme and the steps they can take to obtain a refund.

All Mental Capacity

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Under the influenceSubscription

14 February 2018

The Law Commission’s recent proposals for electronic wills in its consultation on wills reform made the headlines. Chris Gambs argues the commission’s recommendations on reforming the law on undue influence are far more significant – and have a better chance of being implemented

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Changing the channelSubscription

14 February 2018

The law relating to mental capacity in Jersey is set for a shake-up in April, when a new act comes into force to assist those who no longer have capacity to deal with their affairs. Victoria Grogan runs through the legislation’s talking points

All Wills and Probate

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A fine line

21 February 2018

A professional deputy is under a duty to protect P from financial abuse and spending unwisely, but when does this become overprotectiveness? Using practical examples, Holly Miéville-Hawkins and Asha Beswetherick explain how you can navigate this increasingly fine line

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Ministry of Justice launches power of attorney fee refund scheme

16 February 2018

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register powers of attorney.

All Elderly Client

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Paradise lost

21 February 2018

The Panama Papers leak from one of the world’s largest offshore law firms has led to a hardening of attitudes towards tax avoiders – and that arguably includes many lawyers, who are deemed complicit in the actions of their clients. Diana Bentley looks at how the landscape has changed.

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Domicile effectSubscription

16 February 2018

Government proposals for the taxation of non-domiciled individuals who have been long-term UK residents have been scrapped, reversed and postponed, leading to a whirlwind of changes taking effect retrospectively from 6 April 2017. Annie Bouch outlines some of the key changes 

All Tax and Estate Planning

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Under the influenceSubscription

14 February 2018

The Law Commission’s recent proposals for electronic wills in its consultation on wills reform made the headlines. Chris Gambs argues the commission’s recommendations on reforming the law on undue influence are far more significant – and have a better chance of being implemented

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Keeping wills shipshape and Bristol fashion Subscription

27 November 2017

Roman Kubiak discusses the plight of mutual wills and will disputes following family rifts. 

All Contentious Probate

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Brain trust

19 September 2017

Lesley King provides an update on recent developments in private client law

All Trusts

Benefits of Membership*

Private Client Section renewals

The Private Client Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • NRB Changes
  • LPA Changes
  • Digital Assets
  • Cross Border Tax
  • IPFDA Cases
  • Care Act
  • Elderly Client
  • HMRC Disputes
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Capital Gains Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Webinars, Website, E-newsletters, Magazines and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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