Recent Family and Relationships

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    No-fault lines

    2022-05-12T11:16:00Z

    Joe Ferguson reviews the impact of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 that came into effect on 6 April 2022

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    Going soft

    2022-05-12T10:07:00Z

    Samantha Lowe discusses the use of soft skills while factoring in the commercial reality of litigation when dealing with grieving clients who face an inheritance dispute

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    Versus predator

    2022-02-18T16:06:00Z

    The risk of vulnerable parties entering into a predatory marriage is gaining increasing attention, both in the press and in the legal profession. Bethan Byrne and Sheena Cassidy Hope explore how new protections can be achieved through changes in the law 

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    Back to Basics: Health and welfare LPAs vs advance decisions

    2022-02-18T15:28:00Z

     Paula Shea looks at advance care planning, the various options and how to prepare clients for life-threatening or life-sustaining situations.

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    Back to Basics: Estate planning for blended families

    2021-11-16T00:00:00Z

    Charlotte Coyle and Lilly Whale look at what to consider when advising blended families

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    Second time around

    2019-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Using case studies, Charlotte Pollard and Sofia Thomas consider the range of tax and estate planning issues for clients remarrying or divorcing later in life, and flag the common pitfalls to avoid

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    Safety first

    2019-08-06T00:11:00Z

    Melinda Giles provides a comprehensive guide to the safeguarding process for adults and what you can do if you have a concern about a vulnerable client

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    Emotional rescue

    2019-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Private client practice can take its toll. Warring families, watching clients succumb to ill health and, of course, death are all parts of the job. Julian Hall explains how you can build your emotional resilience to better manage times of stress

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    Probate fees and civil partnerships

    2019-04-15T15:57:00Z

    In something of a mixed bag this month, Lesley King comments on the introduction of civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples and the latest news on probate fees.

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    So you claim

    2019-02-12T00:00:00Z

    Tom Dumont rounds up the latest claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, including by cohabitees, spouses and young children

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    Artistic legacy

    2018-05-15T14:43:00Z

    The estates of artists, writers and other creative people throw up many issues, from the division of rights to preserving their reputation after death. Helen Citron and Robert Craig describe how the will-drafter can play a crucial role in ensuring things go smoothly

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    Brain trust

    2017-09-19T09:42:00Z

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

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    Banking on it

    2017-02-14T00:00:00Z

    The so-called Bank of Mum and Dad plays a vital role in helping young people to take their first steps on to the housing ladder, but the legal issues for a solicitor to deal with are manifold. Sally Pike advises on how to ensure things go as smoothly as ...

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    The right to buy? Maintenance and the 1975 act

    2016-08-17T14:25:00Z

    Lesley King discusses two new important pieces of OPG guidance, and an interesting – and somewhat surprising – case on maintenance under the Inheritance Act 1975

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    Using mediation to resolve private client disputes

    2016-06-07T10:01:00Z

    Leading commercial mediator Andrew Hildebrand explains how mediation can be used effectively to manage private client disputes

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    Keep it in the family

    2015-11-26T11:50:00Z

    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.

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    Immovable object

    2015-11-26T11:44:00Z

    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.

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    Missing, presumed dead

    2015-11-09T17:17:00Z

    Lesley King rounds up the latest private client developments, including a proprietary estoppel case and Lord Lucan’s son’s move to have his father declared officially dead under the Presumption of Death Act

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    The family way

    2015-07-21T00:00:00Z

    In recent years, a number of financial business structures have challenged trusts to become the vehicle of choice for managing family wealth. Jonathan Turner looks at the rise of the family investment company, and the tax opportunities it can offer for clients

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    All in the family

    2015-05-20T10:40:00Z

    As inheritance tax once again becomes a political hot potato, Matthew Duncan looks at the issues involved in renting out inherited property, and managing the resulting shared ownership situations that can arise between family members