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    Advance Decisions

    by Julia Routen | Nov 11, 2016 |
    Advance decisions are otherwise known as “Living Wills” because they should be in writing, signed by you, and your signature must be witnessed.
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    Dear Chancellor,

    by David Endicott | Nov 03, 2016 |
    I expect that you're quite busy finishing off your Autumn statement. Could I beg a favour, and ask you to look at your predecessor's proposals to introduce a main residence nil rate band for Inheritance Tax purposes.
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    What Can I Expect if I am Representing Myself in Court?

    by | Oct 25, 2016 |
    Going to Court on a family matter can be a daunting experience, however, with careful preparation before the Hearing and seeking legal advice early, you can help minimise that stress.
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    Things to Consider when Renting Out your Inherited Property

    by | Oct 21, 2016 |
    The first issue to consider is ensuring that the property is in your name. This can normally be done by way of an assent at the Land Registry although if the property is subject to a charge you will probably need the consent of the existing lender in order to do this if you are not in a position to repay the charge. If you have not done so you (or the Executors) will need a Grant of Probate in order to assent the property.
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    Can it be a Reasonable Adjustment to Protect a Disabled Employee’s Pay?

    by Philomena Price | Oct 18, 2016 |
    In a recent EAT case (G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd v Powell), it was held that an Employment Tribunal was entitled to find that an employer was required, as a reasonable adjustment, to continue employing a disabled individual in a more junior role involving less physical activity, preserving his existing rate of pay on an indefinite basis.
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    Can Exceptional Circumstances Delay the Sale of a Bankrupt’s Home?

    by Petra van Dijk | Oct 12, 2016 |
    When someone is made bankrupt, their interest in the family home vests automatically in their Trustee in Bankruptcy, upon his or her appointment. The Trustee has 3 years from the date of the bankruptcy order to realise this interest. The Trustee will first of all ask if a third part is willing and able to purchase the Trustee’s share, usually 50% of the available equity. If that is not possible, then the Trustee will request that the property is put on the market for sale. As a last resort, the Trustee can apply to the Court for an order for possession and sale of the property.
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    Annual Increases to the National Minimum Wage Rates

    by Philomena Price | Oct 11, 2016 |
    From 1 October 2016, there were annual increases to the National Minimum Wage Rates.
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    Transformers – Justice in Disguise

    by Pete Gardner | Oct 10, 2016 |
    Last month, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals published their joint report, ‘Transforming Our Justice System’. Unlike a lot of legal reports, the destruction of several rainforests was not necessary to produce this one as it only runs to a measly 16 pages. To paraphrase Statler and Waldorf, the Muppet Hecklers, the only thing I like about it is that it is short!
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    Validation Applications - The Interest of the General Body of Creditors is Paramount

    by Petra van Dijk | Sep 29, 2016 |
    Under the insolvency legislation, any dispositions of property or payments made by a company after it has been presented with a winding up petition are void, unless validated by the Court.
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    Debt Recovery: Maximising your Chances of Recovery

    by | Sep 20, 2016 |
    Good credit control can avoid the need to take debt collection action. However, when a debt arises and remains unpaid, swift and effective measures need to be taken to maximise the chances of recovery.
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