Are sweeping reforms to Inheritance Tax on the horizon?
In a recent letter to the Office for Tax Simplification (‘OTS’), Chancellor Philip Hammond has ordered a review into the UK’s inheritance tax regime. The potential review comes amid sharp rises in inheritance tax receipts, with the Office for Budget Responsibility suggesting that well over £32 billion of inheritance tax could be paid between 2016 […]
I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of here, but lets be fair and share in our divorce settlement.
It is refreshing to see a fair and sensible approach being taken by a celebrity in their divorce settlement agreement and insisting on privacy in such a sensitive situation. As you may have seen in the press recently, Anthony McPartlin, better known as Ant from the household name ‘Ant and Dec’, is beginning divorce proceedings. […]
Divorce ……who’s the one at fault ?
There have been reports in the media recently that the marriage of Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong has finally come to an end and that Ant is to start divorce proceedings against her. There has been much discussion about the difficulties that Ant has had with prescription drugs with him allegedly apologising to […]
Quickie Divorce ?
It seems that when celebrity divorces are mentioned in the media, such as the Louise and Jamie Rednapp case that’s all over the internet at the moment, they always refer to a “ quickie divorce ” which suggest that they take little time to grant and then the marriage is over. When it becomes clear that the relationship is badly […]
Separation – how to get through the holidays
Being together for Christmas and spending more time together than usual can sometimes spell the end of a relationship and many couples decide that separation is for the best. If you or anyone that you know think that Christmas 2017 is the crunch time for a relationship and are considering separation you might be wondering […]
Home alone at Christmas? leaving your children unsupervised.
Now that December has finally arrived, whilst it means you can pop open your advent calendar and get the decorations down from the loft, for those who are separated parents, it can be a fairly stressful time of the year. With school holidays looming, the issues of conflicting work patterns and annual leave tied in with […]
Living together, busting the myths
This week has seen #CohabitationAwarenessWeek, a campaign by Resolution designed to highlight the difference in the legal rights of couples who are just living together and aren’t married. As the week of campaigning draws to a close, hopefully the myth of the ‘common law’ spouse has been busted and there is an awareness of how […]
Cohabiting couple ? do you own your own home ?
How does cohabiting couples of any age deal with the different contributions that they might make when looking to buy a home together? Perhaps one person has savings and can afford the deposit but the other has a higher income and will be paying the mortgage. Why does it even matter how cohabiting couples own a property? […]
Co-habiting? Who gets the house if one of you die?
Were you aware that as a co-habiting couple you don’t have the same rights as those in marriages or civil partnerships ? So as a hetrosexual couple who don’t want to get married you need to ensure your succession planning is all in place. In 2015 a case at the Central London County Court highlighted just […]
Stamp duty reduction for first time buyers
The Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced new stamp duty measures to help first time buyers. As of Wednesday 22 November, following the Autumn Budget, new home owners across the UK will benefit from a stamp duty freeze. He has removed the requirement for first time buyers to pay stamp duty where they buy a property […]