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Are Christmas Gifts Exempt from Inheritance Tax?

Christmas gifts can be exempt from inheritance tax. It all depends on who receives the gift and how much the gift is worth. Gifts and inheritance tax A gift is[...]

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Buying Commercial Property at Auction

Buying a commercial property at auction is different to buying a commercial property on the open market. It requires more planning and preparation, meaning you will need to instruct a[...]

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Why Use a Conveyancing Solicitor When Buying a Property?

A conveyancing solicitor or licenced conveyancer can identify any potential problems with your property purchase. This includes boundary issues, access rights, issues with the lease and even fraud. This gives[...]

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What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

If you die without a Will, your assets will be distributed amongst your next of kin. The law decides who inherits from your estate and in what proportion. This might[...]

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Commercial Tenants: Renegotiating a Commercial Lease

As a commercial tenant, you are entitled to renegotiate your commercial lease. Your landlord is not obliged to agree to your proposed terms, but given the current market conditions, they[...]

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What is a Grant of Probate?

A Grant of Probate is a legal document that is issued by the Probate Registry after someone’s death. It gives a person (or group of people) the authority to administer[...]

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How to Set Up an Estate Planning Trust

An estate planning trust is separate to your Will and must be made during your lifetime. Trusts are complex legal documents, so you must ask a specialist solicitor to set[...]

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Stamp Duty Land Tax on Commercial Property

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) must be paid on non-residential property in England. This includes freehold and leasehold commercial properties. However, the rules vary for leasehold properties depending on whether[...]

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Buying a House as Joint Tenants vs Tenants in Common

In England and Wales, when you buy a property with someone else, you either buy as joint tenants or as tenants in common. There are significant differences between the two,[...]

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