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A woman whose purchase of a seaside home became a nightmare owing to a dispute with neighbours triggered by a conveyancing solicitor's negligence will receive some compensation for her loss – but not as much as she had hoped for. The woman had paid...
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Claims against dishonest executors have trebled in 12 months, according to the Law Gazette. The increase in the number of claims is thought to result from the appointment of friends and family members as executors rather than professional executors such as...
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A couple who were heartbroken when their £4 million 'eco-home' burnt to the ground when it was close to completion have won the right to full compensation for their loss from a construction company involved in the project. The couple sued the...
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It is sensible for a couple to ensure that they have valid wills once they start to cohabit and share their assets. However, it is regrettably not well known that marriage revokes an existing will (unless the will was specifically made in contemplation of...
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Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development policy and any other material considerations. When an application...
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When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a very long period of time, a challenge to her will was always likely. The nephew claimed that the woman had promised to leave...
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Many court battles arise because of a lack of clarity in documentation which leaves an agreement capable of being interpreted in more than one way. A recent case , which involved a landowner's access to his property, illustrates this point. The conveyance...
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The creation of a power of attorney is a good way of making sure that your affairs are dealt with by a responsible person if you are unable to manage them yourself. However, when the choice of attorney is a poor one, many difficulties can arise, as a recent...
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In general, a landowner does not owe a duty of care to people who voluntarily take risks while on the landowner's property. However, a recent case in the Court of Appeal has illustrated that this may not be the case if the landowner puts themselves in a...
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When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the residue' – was left to four charities. Because of the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT), there would have been...

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