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What is a ‘Letter of Wishes’ and what are the benefits of having one?

A Letter of Wishes is a document that can be drafted to accompany your Will. It can provide important guidance to the executors, trustees and/or family dealing with your estate or with any trusts that are to be set up after your death. It sets out your views on how you would like your assets […]

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Commercial Rent Update:

Commercial Rent Update: new legislation has come into force which extends protections given to commercial tenants during the pandemic On the 24 March 2022, The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 came into force with the intention of extending the protections afforded to commercial tenants during the coronavirus pandemic. The Act will apply to tenancies where […]

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Update your will week 2022

Half of Wills in the South of England are out of date – Oxfordshire SFE accredited solicitor calls for residents to review their Wills for “Update Your Will Week” 28th March -3rd April 2022 Research commissioned by SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) has revealed that almost half (48%) of people living in the South of […]

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An Overview of Enduring Powers of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal document in which a donor gives a trusted person or persons (the attorneys) the right to make decisions on the donor’s behalf. The authority given by an EPA is limited to decisions about the donor’s property and financial affairs. It has not been possible to make […]

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What is a Business Lasting Power of Attorney, and do I need one.

Our November 2021 article covered the benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which is a legal document that allows you to give a trusted individual (s) the power to make decisions for you. You can make a financial LPA authorising the attorney (s) to make decisions relating to your finances, or a health […]

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Restrictive Covenants: tackling the Bath Rugby Case.

In December last year, the Court of Appeal determined the issue of enforceability of a restrictive covenant affecting development on the Recreation Ground (‘the Rec’) in Bath, the home of Bath Rugby Club (BRC). In this article we discuss the importance of tackling older restrictive covenants. Legal Context A restrictive covenant is an agreement or […]

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UPDATE: Relaxation of Inheritance Tax (IHT) reporting requirements.

In March 2021, the Government announced that from 1 January 2022, changes would be made to simplify the reporting and compliance requirements during probate. The proposals for change followed a Government consultation designed to reduce the administrative burden faced by those dealing with IHT. The changes have now been enforced and mean that over 90% […]

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Property Fraud: how to protect yourself, your purse and your property…

Property fraud is on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic has given fraudsters new opportunities to ply their trade. The high value of transactions and an accelerated move towards more online conveyancing has made property the perfect target. In 2020 alone the Land Registry had to pay out £3.5 million as compensation for property fraud, and […]

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney, and when should I make one?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to give a trusted individual or individuals the power to make decision for you. Your ‘Attorneys’ are given this power when you lose mental capacity, or if you do not wish to make decisions for […]

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Residential Possession Proceedings after Coronavirus: Back to normal?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 significantly affected Landlords’ ability to recover possession of properties let on assured shorthold tenancies – the most common form of residential tenancy (‘AST’) . The Act placed restrictions on evictions and introduced different notice periods which have been modified and extended many times. This flux and uncertainty has led to lots […]

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Fixed recoverable costs (FRC): The Good, The Bad and The Government Reforms

The Government has recently announced its plans to reform and extend the FRC regime. Their intention is to ensure that more people have access justice in a predictable and cost efficient way. However, these reforms could have the reverse effect, leaving the general public in the lurch. In this article we explore the FRC regime, […]

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Commonhold Ownership: the future? A viable alternative to leasehold ownership?

In January 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed its plans for reform in the residential leasehold market. This included the formation of the Commonhold Council to help reinvigorate commonhold and prepare the “market for the widespread up-take of commonhold”. So then, what is commonhold and what does the future hold for […]

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