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Care fees planning and stamp duty on second homes

Rebecca Laffan
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My parents’ Wills set up a trust for the family home to help with care fees planning. Will I have to pay second home stamp duty rates on the purchase of my own property as I am a beneficiary of a property under my parents Will? This is a question we...

It's all about perceptions

Mark Jones
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I was talking to a Financial Adviser recently and we were discussing how difficult it can be to change clients’ longstanding perceptions as the law changes.  The particular subject we were chatting about was pension planning.  Pensions are a...

The importance of being pedantic

Mark Jones
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A few days ago, I was pondering one of the great questions in modern life, which is whether being a solicitor makes you more pedantic.  My wife once said that we would have less arguments if I wasn’t so pedantic. I replied “I think you mean...

How to avoid electrocuting your wife

Mark Jones
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Back in the 1930s when electricity was first transforming the lives of housewives everywhere, a company in America that specialised in the provision of household appliances began to use a new advertising slogan. It read ‘Don’t let housework kill...

Don't make a Charlie of yourself when it comes to litigation

Mark Jones
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Just before Christmas I wrote a blog which was based on Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol . It’s a book which is known the world over. What’s less widely known is that it gave rise to a real life Dickensian tale. It is one of the...

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