The ‘common-law marriage’ myth

Posted 04 January 2018 by Dawn Pennell

Dawn Pennell, Associate at Capron & Helliwell, considers the ‘common-law marriage’ myth Society changes and according to the Office for National Statistics in November this year cohabiting couples have become the fastest growing family type in the UK with the number of unmarried couples living together more than doubling from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. Family law group Resolution commissioned a ComRes poll of over 2,000 British adults and the results have highlighted the misunderstanding of many cohabiting couples of the law in this area.  It showed t...

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Autumn Budget 2017: Inheritance Tax (IHT) and Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

Posted 22 November 2017 by Richard Tinkler

There appears to be no mention of Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the Autumn Budget announced on 22 November 2017.   The existing IHT rules in force are rather complex and if you wish to obtain advice in connection with either your IHT position, or the IHT position of a deceased person’s estate you are dealing with, please speak with an expert.   The rules regarding Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) are, however, being reformed, including SDLT relief for first time buyers (up to certain amounts) but of course do check with a professional expert to see how the rules affect your circums...

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Statistics Published on People Dying in the Norwich and Norfolk area Without a Will

Posted 10 November 2017 by Richard Tinkler

The Eastern Daily Press has published an article on 6 November 2017 highlighting the numbers of people who die in Norfolk without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate (86 people), or who were born in Norfolk and died without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate (12 people).    The article states that as many as 30 people in Norwich alone have died without having made a will and have an unclaimed estate.  Many unclaimed estates will be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, and perhaps even more.   If someone dies without having made a will, the ...

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How much planning do you put into holidays and time off school?

Posted 23 October 2017 by Wendy Brighton

If it is anything like in our house, the school holidays sneak up on us- as grandparents- when we are not looking and suddenly days we thought were child free become a whirlwind of activity with grandchildren and dogs! School holidays are a time when there can be disagreement between separated parents, it is hard not to be with your children on those special holidays or birthdays, parents can feel left out and worry that the child is missing out on that special time with them. So how do we deal with those problems? Just as you would normally plan a holiday to go away, months in advance, t...

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