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Keeping you abreast of important everyday legal issues

This is where you can find some useful background information on a range of legal areas covered by KWW’s specialists. Please remember, the law has a habit of changing, so always check with us for the very latest legal position.

Lost or unexpected beneficiaries when someone dies

It is not uncommon for executors to face some difficulty tracking down the beneficiaries of an estate, especially if the will was written many years ago. If there was no will, intestacy rules apply and there could be distant family members you did not previously know about. If beneficiaries cannot be found or someone unexpected

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Everything you need to know about Stamp Duty

Note: This article is for general information only. It is not meant as financial advice, for which you need to consult a regulated specialist. Information is correct as at 11 February 2021. The Stamp Duty holiday announced by the Chancellor last summer led to a surge in property transactions as buyers rushed to get in

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Dealing with estate debts

If you are an executor of an estate, you may need to deal with debts that have been left behind. Any estate may have debts to be considered, even if the deceased was wealthy. “Personal debts do not expire on death, they are carried over into the estate,” says Karen Starkey, of KWW’s Private Client

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Financial arrangements after dissolution of a civil partnership

While some of the formalities are different, when it comes to dealing with financial disputes arising from the dissolution of a civil partnership, the same principles apply as would on divorce, says our head of family law David Anstee. Full and frank disclosure of assets and liabilities It is important each partner discloses their financial

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Recap on the main lockdown issues for families

Now we are into our third period of national lockdown, we thought it would be useful to recap the coronavirus rules as they affect families. Our head of family law David Anstee says there are three key things to remember: 1. Children moving between households of separated parents Where parents of children do not live

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Get ready for the leasehold revolution!

Changes announced today by the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick promise nothing short of a revolution in the market for leasehold properties.    Under our current rules, which were described by the Law Commission last year as a ‘medieval’ system characterised by high, escalating and onerous ground rents, excessive charges and profiteering by developers, freehold owners can increase the amount of ground rent payable

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Deputyship – when a power of attorney is no longer an option

If your partner, a parent, or another close relative is losing their ability to manage their own affairs, you may be concerned about how much you can help, particularly where financial matters are concerned. If the person you care for has not made their own plans, such as by making a Lasting Power of Attorney

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5 more potential problems with your property title (and how to fix them)

Last month, we outlined five potential problems with the title to your property. In the second of this two-part series, Anjum Khaliq, one of our property solicitors, looks at five more possible title problems which could disrupt your plans and offers some solutions. Problem 1: Your property is leaseholdUnlike a freehold, a lease is a

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5 potential problems with your property title (and how to fix them)

When it comes to selling your home, one of your first tasks should be to make sure the title to your property is in order. This will help keep your transaction on track, letting you and your buyer proceed with confidence. Ideally, you should do this before putting your home on the market but, whatever

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Divorce in a time of Covid-19

If you’re thinking about divorce, are in the middle of divorce proceedings or dissolving a civil partnership, you might be wondering how the Covid-19 upheaval affects your situation. Here, our head of family law David Anstee highlights some important matters to consider before moving forward. Pre-separationWe are seeing an increase in enquiries from prospective clients

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Powers of Attorney – it’s a matter of trust

With continuing advances in modern medicine, we are living longer and longer. And while we are able to keep our bodies healthy and fit into older age, often our minds cannot keep pace. A lasting power of attorney (LPA) provides an additional means of support among those you trust if you are no longer able

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Stamp Duty Holiday. Should you buy now?

In his summer statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an eight-month stamp duty holiday. The Government hopes the tax cut will catalyse the housing market and boost consumer confidence during the Covid-19 crisis, and we have certainly seen a big uptick in conveyancing work here at KWW over the past couple of months. But

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