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A man has recently been removed as the deputy (the person appointed by the Court of Protection (COP) to look after the finances of someone else who lacks the ability to do so) for his long-term partner – for failing to file accounts. He was...
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Landlords with tenants who occupy their premises under assured shorthold tenancies will be affected by changes introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015 , which received the Royal Assent in March 2015. The commencement date for the changes has not yet been...
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Regrettably, cases in which the behaviour of an attorney for someone who is elderly or infirm is cause for an enquiry – and often an intervention – by the Public Guardian are increasingly common. An attorney has the responsibility always to act...
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Yet another case has come to court which illustrates the wisdom of cohabiting couples making a 'living together agreement' or formalising their respective rights over the property in which they live. It involved a couple who formed their relationship in...
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According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in place any mechanism for them to be dealt with after they die. With the average online asset value exceeding...
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Transferring title of your assets to your children may have advantages but is not without risks, as one businessman found out when his son's bankruptcy left the family's substantial buy-to-let property portfolio exposed to his offspring's creditors. The...
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When a dependant of a person who dies finds that they have not been provided for in the will of the deceased, and it would be reasonable for them to expect to be, they can make a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...
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Deeds of covenant over properties have been a frequent source of litigation over the years and a recent case demonstrates the wisdom of taking particular care to understand the scope and application of any covenants that apply to a property you are...
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A woman who persuaded the court that a legal charge should not be taken over her mother's Worcestershire home by the local council in order to pay her care home fees has lost in the Court of Appeal . The woman's elderly mother became a permanent resident...
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The procedures for obtaining planning permission are a frequent source of delay and dispute, especially where inspectors reject planning applications for reasons that do not seem clear or consistent. Planning inspectors are obliged to explain adequately...

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