• Planning Law Basics

    • Posted August 14, 2017

    Whether you are planning to refurbish and sell a house or to construct a whole new apartment block, almost all your plans will be governed by planning laws and any...

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  • Selling Your Property at Auction

    • Posted August 14, 2017

    In recent years, increased mobility and growing rates of home ownership have meant that ever-larger numbers of people nowadays inherit properties from relatives who lived many miles away. Similarly, many...

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  • What is a Tenant's Improvement?

    • Posted March 5, 2017

    The law allows any tenant (with some exceptions) who has lived in a property for more than three years under a lease of more than 20 years to apply to...

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  • Warning for Holders of US Assets

    • Posted April 5, 2016

    If you hold assets in the USA, you should be aware of an issue that has started to arise in estates in which there are US shareholdings, especially where these...

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  • IHT Planning and the AIM

    • Posted April 3, 2016

    In recent years, Inheritance Tax (IHT) has affected more and more families, largely due to rising house prices. IHT is payable at 40 per cent on the net assets of...

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  • We often hear of children being taken into care, but the process by which this occurs is not well known. The Children Act 1989 lays down the circumstances under which...

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  • A Guide to the Adoption Process

    • Posted July 9, 2015

    The most important requirements for adoption are that the adopter must be over 21 years of age, the child to be adopted must be under the age of 18 and...

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  • With the appointment of a Property Ombudsman, the laying down in statute of the duties of estate agents and the passing of the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007...

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  • What Happens on Intestacy?

    • Posted March 22, 2015

    The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act came into force in late 2014. It changes intestacy law in England and Wales to allow a deceased’s estate to pass to their widow,...

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  • What is a Trust?

    • Posted August 27, 2009

    A trust comes into effect when a ‘settlor’ places money, land or other assets in the hands of trustees. The trustees are the legal owners of the property but are...

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