Back to Basics
Emma Tante explains how to use the Court of Protection’s online system
Katy Withers and Erin Abul examine the growing trend of trusts acquiring property, and the advantages and disadvantages that this brings
Tim Bennett explains what you need to know about fluctuating capacity, and offers a range of different practical scenarios where capacity is flucuating
Helen Stewart explains what you need to know about power reserved executors
Cate Searle looks at what you need to know about eligibility for NHS continuing healthcare
Paula Shea looks at advance care planning, the various options and how to prepare clients for life-threatening or life-sustaining situations.
Charlotte Coyle and Lilly Whale look at what to consider when advising blended families
Lesley King explains how to get the calculations right for inheritance tax due on partially exempt estates
Lesley King looks at the rules governing payment of debts and liabilities during the administration of estates, including a number of example scenarios and relevant case law.
Leigh Sagar explains the basics of cryptocurrencies, and how to deal with them in an estate administration
Fiona Heald reviews the basics on wills, estate planning and the problem of care home fees.
Álvaro Aznar Azcárate and Nicole Gallop Mildon present a series of questions and answers for English solicitors dealing with estate administrations in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal
A business lasting power of attorney enables a business owner to authorise an attorney to make decisions concerning their business interests when they are unavailable or lack capacity. Craig Ward reviews the basics
Lesley King looks at the matters to consider when dealing with an estate where the will creates a nil-rate band discretionary trust
Philip Warford looks at trusts for disabled and vulnerable people
Sheree Green reviews the basics on welfare deputyships, and looks at why so few have been appointed
Daniel Harris recaps the main legal issues affecting the writing of wills to cover cross-border assets
Deeds of variation and disclaimers can prove useful tools to redirect dispositions in a will. Angharad Lynn reviews the basics
Julie Butler and Fred Butler offer advice on the farm ownership structure and providing for strong succession planning.
Simon Leney and Jane Hodge look at final lifetime income and capital gains tax returns and estate returns
Melinda Giles and Fiona Heald outline the three main ways government will assist with care fees for a person going into care – through the local authority; NHS continuing healthcare; and section 117 funding – and explain when it is possible to claim, how to claim, and what is and ...
Craig Ward looks at how to draft clauses in lasting powers of attorney, including the importance of clarifying client instructions, being aware of current case law, and drafting with a practical outlook
In this Back to Basics, Simon Leney identifies some of the building blocks that are needed to do this work effectively. The article is in three parts: the take-on of a newly established trust, the take-on of an existing trust, and the conduct of a trust
Those in control of the finances of an incapacitated person may be an attorney by a registered power of attorney or a deputy under the Court of Protection. As such, the authority that they hold in terms of the payments that they are authorised to make differs. Melinda Giles set ...
Lifetime gifts are made for a number of reasons, two of the most common being generosity and a wish to save inheritance tax. Lesley King looks at the matters to consider in order for the gift to be valid.
Practitioners face a number of issues when dealing with an estate that contains portfolios of stocks and shares. It’s important to have a good understanding of how you can help clients plan before death, and deal with shares as part of the administration of an estate after death. Christopher Ekisson ...
It’s become increasingly difficult to finalise an individual’s tax liability under the UK tax system. Lisa Vanderheide and Karmjit Mader provide a guide
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.
Julie Butler looks at farm taxation issues, including business property relief, agricultural property relief, furnished holiday lets and farming wills and partnership agreements
Jo Summers explains how to assess client’s residence and domicile status – and the impact this can have on will-drafting and succession issues – and examines the new EU certificates of succession
Marlon Appleton provides a practical and detailed guide to SDLT for private client practitioners, as it relates to companies and gifting property, gifting between spouses, trustees, and options to purchase in wills
Adam Boukraa looks at how the system in place to authorise deprivations of liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 works
Simon Leney and Pippa Ward outline what NRB trusts are, how they are currently used, what the proposed changes to the regime are, and what this means for private client practitioners
In recent years, trust corporations have gained in popularity within law firms. However, they remain somewhat a mystery to the general public and, indeed, to many practitioners. Holly Miéville-Hawkins dispels the myth of trust corporations and casts a light on their applicability in many types of practice
Timothy Gibbons considers the legal positions of inter-generational home-sharers, to identify the possible dangers and disadvantages of home-sharing, the extent to which these issues can be overcome by professional advice, and the value of various kinds of legal arrangement
Sima Pankhania and Richard Mannion consider the various tax and investment reliefs available to private clients in managing their personal tax liabilities. In particular, the taxes covered here are income tax, capital gains tax (CGT) and inheritance tax (IHT).