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Your Digital Legacy – the Four-Step DIY Plan

August 18, 2020

What would happen if you were to die today, or if you were suddenly incapacitated with COVID, or after a car accident or a stroke?  How would those close to you pick up the pieces? More and more of our lives are conducted online, and this is starting to cause serious problems, and real distress,…

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COVID-19: Commercial contracts and “force majeure”

August 4, 2020

Even as lockdown measures continue to ease across England and the rest of the UK, many businesses have found that since March they have been unable to perform contractual obligations. Lots of examples spring to mind; private nurseries that had to shut down for a period of time and re-open on a reduced capacity basis,…

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Immediate Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

July 13, 2020

Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) is a lump sum payment anyone buying a property or piece of land over a certain price has to pay to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”). Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced that, as a temporary measure, but with immediate effect, buyers won’t pay SDLT on the first £500,000 of…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax- Changes 8 July 2020

July 8, 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax threshold for a Stamp Duty liability on a purchase of a property will increase from £125,000.00 to £500,000.00 with immediate effect.  The temporary Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday will last until 31st March 2021. At this time it is unclear as to…

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COVID-19: Making Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney in lockdown

July 7, 2020

In these uncertain times, many of us are turning our attention to our personal affairs. One important aspect of this is taking stock of our personal circumstances and making or updating Wills. Something which might have been low on the ‘to do’ list in our ‘pre-lockdown’ lives has suddenly become extremely important, especially as family…

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“Am I bound to buy/sell my property?”

June 29, 2020

This is a question that I have been asked numerous times over the past few weeks.  The answer is dependent on if contracts have been Exchanged or not; if contracts have been Exchanged then generally “yes”, if they have not then generally “no”. In essence “no one is bound in a sale and/or purchase transaction…

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Commercial property rent during coronavirus

June 18, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses and, therefore, a knock-on effect on commercial landlords and tenants.  With many businesses having been unable to trade until now and some still closed indefinitely, the government has imposed restrictions on a landlord’s ability to take back its premises on the grounds of non-payment of…

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COVID-19: How does this impact upon residential landlords?

June 12, 2020

We have recently been approached by a number of residential landlords who have been told by their letting agent that they have no prospect of getting a tenant out of their investment property any time soon; the anxiety and frustration is palpable when we are posed the question “But the Tenant isn’t paying the rent!…

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How has COVID-19 impacted upon Child Arrangements during lockdown

June 8, 2020

Covid-19 has posed some very different and difficult issues for us all particularly those who are parents co-habiting after separation.  The common issue, being where one party refuses the other party to have contact with the children during lockdown. Where there is an ongoing child arrangements order (Court order) for contact, the arrangements set out…

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