Talking Matters

Talking Matters

Posted on 01 January 1970

Bank of mum and dad: help or hindrance?

The Bank of Mum and Dad advanced £6.5 billion in 2017, making it the UK's ninth largest mortgage lender.  In 2016 a third of prospective homeowners received financial help to purchase their homes,...

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Divorce and the family business

Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics demonstrate that despite a falling rate of marriages, one in three will end in divorce. This blog explores how family business owners can...

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A marriage of inconvenience

The High Court is dealing with a case where a marriage appears to have become very inconvenient for the husband. Mr and Mrs Aziz were married in an Islamic ceremony in Malawi in 2002, but it’s...

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Wills: What happens if a will is not kept up to date?

Whilst it is statistically accepted that many adults do not have a valid will, there is also a hidden statistic that many of those that have a will made it long ago, which means that it is now...

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The fault in divorce: Who's to blame?

We often hear of Hollywood celebrity couples obtaining divorces, citing their "irreconcilable differences". However, if a UK court is asked to administer a couple's divorce, the couple cannot...

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Wills: The importance of careful drafting

If I had a pound for every time I am told that using a solicitor is an unnecessary expense in terms of having a will drafted, then I would be retiring in a few years. However, wills should not be...

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Do stamp duty rules penalise those who divorce amicably?

It seems that couples who divorce amicably are being disadvantaged by Britain’s stamp duty regime. This blog post explores the details.

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Guarantors: It’s all in the fine print

 We are all advised to read the fine print before ticking a box or signing up   to anything but do we all actually do it?

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Common law marriage is a myth

Recent statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that less people are choosing to live together, without walking down the aisle.  Whilst cohabitants may live as spouses, whilst...

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Inheritance Tax: Exemptions for wounded veterans, emergency services personnel and aid workers

It’s been nearly 73 years since World War II ended and today we are still seeing some of the effects it has had. In recent news is was reported that funds have been raised to carry out an... Read More
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