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26th April 2016
George Ide LLP is proudly supporting St Wilfrid’s Hospice “Make a Will Fortnight” which is running between Monday 6th June and Friday 17th June 2016. Through the “Make a Will Fortnight” scheme, we will update or write a new standard Will free of charge, in exchange for a donation to St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The hospice has been providing specialist care and support for those in…
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18th April 2016
Child Maintenance is now settled and, relatively speaking, straightforward in terms of the principles of how much should be paid and when this should stop. However, the position is far less clear in relation to spouses.  There are several key questions to ask on the breakdown of marriage. Where will I live? How much will I have to live on?  Should I be receiving maintenance…
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14th April 2016
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyer's President, Jonathan Wheeler, explained to subscribers of The Brief this week how motor insurance fraud is routinely misrepresented by the insurance industry. “That misrepresentation has been swallowed whole by the Government and used as a reason for proposing removal of the right to compensation claims for some whiplash injuries,” said Jonathan in an article for the Times’ daily e-publication. Proven…
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11th April 2016
Buy-to-Let has been a controversial sector of the UK residential property market for many years. The current government has introduced a number of significant legislative changes that will affect Buy-to-Let landlords (and anyone owning a second home).  Some of these changes came into effect this month and others will be introduced in the years to come. In the summer budget the Chancellor announced firstly, reductions…
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17th March 2016
You’re ready to buy your business – it may be the culmination of years of planning. What are the main things you’ll need to consider? Firstly, how will you structure your purchase? You can buy either the shares of the company that owns the business, or just buy the assets of that business. If you buy the shares you buy the whole company (including liabilities…
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10th March 2016
As a landlord you may have one or a number of freehold properties in your portfolio leased to residential tenants. You may receive a small rental income from these flats and also benefit from any premiums to be paid should the tenants wish to extend their leases. But beware - you could be faced with a dwindling portfolio due to what is known as ‘Collective…
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07th March 2016
Until 5 April 2016 the tax payable on dividend income is calculated by reference to the actual income received plus a tax credit of 10% (grossed up dividends).  Basic rate taxpayers are only liable to tax on the grossed up dividends at 10%, which equates to the tax credit, so there is no further liability.  Those not liable to income tax cannot reclaim any of…
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26th February 2016
A new European Union (EU) Regulation (650/2012 or Brussels IV) introduced on August 17th 2015 gives individuals across EU Member States the freedom to choose whether their assets are subject to local succession laws or those in their country of nationality. In the UK, individuals are free to leave their estate to whomsoever they wish, whether that be to their family or charity, as long…
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23rd February 2016
Unless you have been involved in an accident and sustained significant injuries, or know someone who has been in the same position, you probably won’t have come across the role of a case manager. The person is often a qualified therapist such as a nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or physiotherapist. They are paid for by the insurer for the party who caused the accident…
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23rd February 2016
Vicarious liability is when an innocent third party is regarded as being responsible for the unlawful action(s) of another. As a bold exception to conventional tort law rules, it is used sparingly and with circumspection.  It is not a 'cure all' for every hard luck case. The range of situations deemed appropriate for a finding of vicarious liability has widened considerably over the past few…
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