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Christmas expected to hit couples hard

Liz Graham
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Tough economic conditions and spiralling costs are expected to add to the pressure on couples facing the Christmas period. The new year often brings news of the unhappy couples who have decided to call time on their relationships, leading to so-called ...

I am the Executor of an Estate and I would like to purchase Property from the Estate. Will I fall foul of the Self-Dealing Rule?

Kate Twigg
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It can be quite common for a lay Executor to wish to purchase property from an Estate particularly where that Executor is also a beneficiary. Most people don't realise that there is a rule that can prevent a transaction of that type from being valid. An...

Chattertons Corporate Team celebrates busy couple of months

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It’s been a busy period for our Corporate Team here at Chattertons Solicitors having recently celebrated the completion of ten new deals with a further eight expected to complete by the end of 2022. Over the last year the team has been involved in...

The Autumn Statement - Key Points from an Inheritance and Tax Planning perspective

Claire Clarke
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1. Inheritance Tax (IHT) The Nil Rate Band and Residence Nil Rate Band, previously fixed until April 2026, will now be fixed until April 2028.  This is one of a number of 'stealth' taxes extended in this Statement.  The current Nil Rate...

How to get divorced in a recession

Neil Denny
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Many people will be wondering what a recession will mean for their future plans.  Some will be reconsidering whether to move house or extend their home. Others will be debating whether to go ahead with that expensive holiday next year or upgrade the...

Companies facing hard times get guidance on safe spending

Adam Gilbert
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A ruling on the responsibility of directors towards creditors has been welcomed as companies face challenging economic times ahead. The long-awaited ruling on the so-called ‘creditor duty’ in BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA   is important in...

EASEMENTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Nafisa Iltaf
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When purchasing a property or land, it is important to be aware of any easements in place. The ‘rules’ created by easements could affect your privacy and cause a wide range of implications from parking arrangements to plans you may have for...

How much will your solicitor's fees cost when buying a house?

David Stapleton
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When buying property, it is important to know all costs beforehand to help you stick to your budget. Hidden costs can throw your plans off and ultimately take you over budget. Solicitor fees are likely to be one of the highest costs to consider and one that...

Discrimination in education - can you make a claim?

Carrie Clewes
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In the UK, pupils and students are protected from being discriminated against by their schools, colleges and universities under the Equality Act 2010, but this doesn’t mean education is free from discrimination. It is important to be able to identify...

Death Bed Gifts - a 'trick or treat'?

Georgia Mills
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Death bed gifts are a concept that many have heard of, but very few understand the dangers. In this article we will look at the pitfalls and how you can avoid the horrors that will come back to haunt your intended recipient. What is a death bed gift? A...