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Residential landlords will be aware of their legal responsibility under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to have annual safety inspections carried out on the gas appliances in the properties they let. The inspections cover the...
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The public interest in open justice has trumped individual privacy rights in a case in which lawyers sought to protect child beneficiaries of a very substantial family trust from the glare of publicity – which it was feared would undermine their...
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In a cautionary tale for anyone considering entering into an equity release scheme, a woman who sold her home at a fraction of its true value, on the understanding that she could stay there for life, is facing eviction following a Supreme Court ruling . ...
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One of Britain's finest stately homes, Tottenham House, will be sold to a mystery buyer for £11.25 million – despite the fierce objections of the Earl of Cardigan – after the Court of Appeal ruled that estate trustees had acted reasonably ...
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In a case which underscores the wisdom of keeping your will up to date, changes in the law relating to Inheritance Tax (IHT) led to a bitter dispute between a widow's family and her favourite charity in respect of her £680,805 estate. In an...
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Lack of availability of social housing has led to long waiting lists in many parts of the country and councils are taking action to maximise the use of the properties they have. A recent example of such action led to a court decision that an elderly and...
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The Legal Ombudsman has published a report calling for the introduction of tougher controls on those who charge for writing wills. Last year, the Ombudsman received more than 1,000 complaints relating to the drafting of wills and the provision of probate...
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When a couple's relationship broke up, it was unlikely that either of them would have foreseen an argument over who should inherit the proceeds of a life assurance policy that would subsequently lead to an appearance in the Court of Appeal . The...
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A group of property investors who lost their deposits after a developer succumbed to the recession before even starting work on a luxury block of flats have had their hopes of getting their money back boosted by a High Court ruling . The 23 private...
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In a warning to the elderly that even close family members cannot always be trusted, a judge has come to the aid of an 86-year-old dementia sufferer whose nephews breached their legal duties and 'made a hash' of managing her financial affairs. The...

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