Year: 2019

Changes to Civil Partnerships

Opposite-sex couples will soon be able to form Civil Partnerships in England and Wales. The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 were made on 5 November 2019 and come into force on 2 December 2019. They follow the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019, which provided that the landmark legislation known as …

Elderly farmer occupied farmhouse for agricultural property relief purposes despite reducing farming activities over time

The First-tier Tribunal has decided that an elderly farmer occupied a farmhouse for the purposes of agriculture so that its value was eligible for agricultural property relief (APR) on his death. HMRC’s view was that the property occupied by the deceased was not a farmhouse so that it did not fall within the definition of …

Securing your digital assets

Only six percent of people have specifically included their digital assets in their wills, according to a London and Watford-based law firm that surveyed its clients this year. VWV’s survey found there to be widespread confusion about what rights people have over their digital assets—even though almost every adult in the UK now has them. …

Information required for Contract of Employment

So, you wish to advertise a post or role, or have interviewed candidates and wish to offer somebody employment… and have an idea as to the terms of employment including pay and hours of work. In our previous post we set out the importance of recording the contractual arrangements. We also highlighted the fact that …

The Potential Downside of DIY Estate Administration

It is becoming more common for personal representatives to try and administer estates without seeking legal advice. The amount of information freely available on-line leads people to believe it is a case of simply filling in the relevant forms, and that if they do the work themselves they will save thousands of pounds in fees. …

Warning about DIY wills

A DIY will could end up costing you a fortune, according to an article in the Daily Mail. Cheap wills, the article says, have led to a surge in court cases where people fight over their loved one’s estate, Ben Wilkinson writes. Low-cost online and DIY wills could result in your estate disappearing thanks to …

Probate delays

The saga of the delays in obtaining grants of probate continues, now with the added highlight of the closure of Birmingham District Probate Registry. Rumoured to have a backlog of over five weeks of applications, it will nevertheless close on 30th August and all the work will be redistributed to the other, already over-burdened, District …

Executors and Costs

The recent case of Perry v Neupert [2019] EWHC 2275 is a salutary lesson to all executors, particularly those dealing with complex estates and cross-jurisdictional matters. The case involved the estate of an Israeli national resident but not domiciled in England. Under his Will he appointed a Swiss lawyer as the sole executor of his …

Rural Properties & Rural Businesses

While many in the UK’s countryside will be looking forward to the 12th of August, really not so glorious if you’re a red grouse, those with business in mind are likely to be more focused on 31st October. With a new British Prime Minister and Ladbrokes’s odds of a ‘no deal’ Brexit now 6/4 those …

Terms and Conditions of Employment

As a business it is important that you have a record of your contractual arrangements, preferably in writing. In respect of your employees you should set out their terms of employment in writing; indeed, a failure to do so may result in a breach of the employee’s statutory rights as set out in the Employment …

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