That’s because when Chancellor Hammond extended the stamp duty relief available to first-time buyers of shared ownership property in his Autumn 2018 budget,... Read More →
Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before the hike hits. The new banded fee structure will see the cost of probate soar by thousands of pounds for higher value estates.
The current... Read More →
Ben Cooper, tax law expert and Partner at Eaton Smith discusses the highlights of yesterday's budget.
An anti-austerity package of £30 billion of government spending was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, drawing on improved public finance projections to support a range of new... Read More →
These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they are overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country or just taking a long trip.
There are plenty of reasons a parent might want to take their child abroad for an extended period, or even indefinitely. However, if... Read More →
September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage.
Lawyers often talk about ‘divorce day’ in January and report a similar surge when summer holidays are over, and... Read More →
Claims for incorrectly handled property rental deposits are soaring and landlords should be alert to the danger and ensure they or their agents are complying with the legal requirements, if they want to avoid high penalties.
According to figures from insurers, the number of claims relating to deposits... Read More →
The long summer school holidays mean a new routine and possible challenges and conflicts for divorced parents who find themselves clashing with their ex even if their term-time arrangements run smoothly.
In this article Richard Buckley, Senior Solicitor from Eaton Smith's family team provides some advice on... Read More →
Britain is undoubtedly a nation of football lovers and with England making their best start to the World Cup since 2006 it is generating excitement and anticipation among fans throughout the country.
With the group stages almost at an end, businesses need to think ahead to ensure that the World Cup does not... Read More →
Lucy Cortis, Solicitor in our Private Client team, discusses the pitfalls of Executors trying to administer an estate.
As most practitioners in the private client field are already aware, the practice by which applications for a Grant of Probate can now be made online has led to an increase in the number of... Read More →
According to the... Read More →
You are already in a better position than most - you have a Will. However, your Will needs regular updates to ensure that it adapts to your life and circumstances as they change over time.
So ask yourself; have there been changes to my relationships or family that are not reflected in my Will? Have there been... Read More →
Christmas shopping usually means a visit to the high street or browsing online retailers, but the season of giving can be a good time to make sure you’re maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs, whether to family, friends or charity, while spreading some seasonal cheer.
While larger... Read More →