Recent Family and Relationships – Page 2

  • In the family

    All in the family


    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

  • Family

    Step change


    The increase in divorce and resulting complex family structures is raising a new issue for will- writing and estate planning: providing for step-children. Fay Copeland and Caroline Cook examine the issues and solutions

  • Sarah Young

    Left behind


    The Presumption of Death Act came into force on 1 October 2014, allowing the family of a missing person to settle their estate and dissolve a marriage or civil partnership. Sarah Young explains the process

  • Elizabeth Cooke

    Power to the people


    The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014, expected to come into force next month, represents one of the most significant changes to intestacy and family provision law in a generation. Elizabeth Cooke and Spencer Clarke explain what it will mean in practice

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    Tied up in knots


    Mark Harper provides an update on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, including recent case law, the Law Commission’s proposals, and issues relating to international couples or those with assets abroad

  • An expensive lesson image

    An expensive lesson


    Recent years have seen private school and university fees rocket, and private client practitioners are more likely than ever to be asked by clients, whether parents or grandparents, for advice on tax-efficient fees planning. Mark Brownridge offers some tips

  • Rachel Rothwell

    Right of reply


    Rachel Rothwell reports on a recent Justice Committee evidence session on the work of the Court of Protection, in which Sir James Munby answered questions on court transparency, moves towards regionalism in the court, and the role of the Official Solicitor

  • Simon Leney

    Times are changing


    Private Client Section chair Simon Leney looks at the changes in the air this Spring on a number of fronts: for clients, for solicitors, and for the Private Client Section itself

  • Rohan Armes

    Wealth of advice


    Rohan Armes explores the role of an investment manager in giving life to a financial settlement after a divorce, and explains the factors that must be considered when investing a lump sum settlement

  • Timothy Gibbons

    Back to basics 31: Family home-sharing


    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

  • Philip Jenkins

    Staking a claim


    With claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 currently on the rise, Philip Jenkins examines some issues of practice and procedure, and looks at how the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill will potentially remove some obstacles to bringing claims

  • PS November 2013 cover

    PS November 2013


    This edition features tax advice in Mehjoo v Harben Barker, lay OPG deputies and attorneys, proprietory estoppel and TOLATA claims in Creasey v Sole, probate software, contested probate, working with LGBT clients, PI claims and means-tested benefits, FATCA, family businesses, and international probate (including Jersey and Belgium)

  • PS September 2013 cover

    PS September 2013


    This edition features will-drafting, LPAs and CoP cases, contentious probate, invalid wills, asset protection trusts, business development, international probate, professional negligence, trustees’ decisions, taxation, advance decisions and HWLPAs, capacity to marry, paying for long-term care, end-of-life care, pre-nups, and IHT reliefs for farming families

  • PS May 2013 cover

    PS May 2013


    This edition features deathbed wills, Hawes v Burgess on solicitors’ evidence, capacity to consent to sexual relationships, estate administration mistakes, referrals to financial advisers, the 2013 budget, international probate, holiday lettings businesses, pro bono work, pre-nups and matrimonial property regimes for international couples

  • PS March 2013 cover

    PS March 2013


    This edition features raising your profile in your local community, acting as executor if your firm is an LLP, declarations of trust for cohabitants, efficiency in private client practice, deathbed planning, will-drafting, cross-border mental capacity, LPAs, the legality of marriages, charitable legacies, and tax on equine businesses

  • PS January 2013 cover

    PS January 2013


    This edition features taxation and the 2012 Budget, end-of-life care, EU succession rules, the RDR and financial advice, residence and domicile, advising family and small business owners, tax relief for farming businesses, German probate, mediation, regulating will-writing, complex estates, and care home fees