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Andrew Skelly discusses the law relating to trusts of land, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and the implications of the recent case of Bagum v Hafiz and Hai on the court’s powers to order sale of land from one joint owner to another.
A number of factors threaten progress made in reducing old-age poverty. Matt Jones and Ben Franklin explain the challenges we face and outline the International Longevity Centre-UK’s response.
The global tax landscape is increasingly complex and constantly changing. As compliance and reporting obligations become more rigorous, ignorance is no longer an option. Jo Summers explains the UK’s current position, and what advice you need to be giving to your clients.
In the year that Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary, Patricia Wass takes a look at King John’s will and considers how it compares with wills, and the private client practitioner’s role, in the modern day.
Private client practitioners are skilled at dealing with the legal side of probate, but the emotional side can sometimes be neglected. Richard Roberts explains how he guides his clients through the increasingly complex probate process.
The Ilott v Mitson judgment has cast doubt on the validity of charitable legacies: is it even worth making a will if it is capable of being ‘rewritten’ by the court? Chris Millward gives the charity sector’s perspective on the Court of Appeal’s verdict.
Miranda Allardice and Alexander Drapkin discuss the provision for adult children post-Ilott v Mitson and offer some practical ways to reduce the prospects of a successful claim for provision for family and dependants.
Dealing with the estates of UK-domiciled deceased persons with immovable property in Ireland can be complex and problematic. Maria Lakes offers guidance on the process, and explains why it is vital not to overlook Irish succession laws.
Are we any nearer identifying an article 5-compliant court process that is fit for purpose? Bethan Harris and Beatrice Prevatt discuss the practical implications of some recent high profile case law on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty.
Succession planning where other European countries are involved is rarely straightforward. Alberto Perez Cedillo explains how the Brussels IV Regulation, now in force, aims to simplify matters, and outlines its key provisions.
It’s been five months since Office of the Public Guardian introduced new lasting power of attorney forms. Its head of legal Sally Jones reports back on how the forms have been working in practice.
At this year’s Elderly Client Care Conference, Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon, in conversation with Duncan Wood, spoke about the challenges dementia presents for society.
New Section chair Gary Rycroft outlines his plans for the future.