Stamp Duty Land Tax for First Time Buyers and other property taxes
It had been rumoured that Chancellor Phillip Hammond would re-introduce a Stamp Duty Land Tax exemption for first time buyers (something which has existed in the past)
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Don't Ignore Pensions on Divorce
People who are getting divorced overlook pensions at their peril
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Putting Children First: Should their views be heard in Court?
The reaction from most people to “Should children be heard in English family court cases?”, would probably be surprise that the question even needs to be asked!...Read More >
Lasting Powers of Attorney: more applications but, an alert about fraud
There has been a 30% rise in the number of Lasting Power Attorney applications for registration received between April and June compared to the same period in 2016....Read More >
“Dr Foster” - How NOT to separate!
I suspect that couples going through a separation may be reeling from last night’s conclusion of "Dr. Foster" and fearing for their children's future wellbeing....Read More >
The General Data Protection Regulation – It’s Coming Ready or Not
GDPR is going to be incorporated into the UK law and everyone doing business in the UK/EU even if they are located outside will be subject to its provisions....Read More >
The end of zero-hour contracts?
Zero-hours contracts or as some call them ‘hire and fire’ contracts, have been a hot topic of debate for years....Read More >
Compensation for Late Payments of Commercial Debts
Cashflow can be the difference between success and failure in business. But if late payments are giving you unnecessary business headaches, the law is on your side....Read More >
Comment on Judge Lush’s warning about Lasting Powers of Attorney
Former Judge Denzil Lush has said he would never sign a Lasting Power of Attorney because of the risk of abuse and the devastating effects on family relationships....Read More >
Summer holidays – the last straw?
Holidays can put pressure on even the most stable relationship, but if a relationship is already under strain, sadly they can sometimes be the last straw....Read More >
Employment Tribunal Fees Decreed Unlawful
In this article, we explain the Supreme Court's decision to determine the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees in 2013 as unlawful....Read More >
Electronic communication: valid reflection of intention in your Will?
Discover the interesting debate about the Law Commission’s proposal to update the law on Wills to recognise electronic communications as a valid intention...Read More >
When is a Contract a Contract?
When you’ve signed on the dotted line, right? Wrong! You could be tied into legally binding agreements before the terms of a formal contract have been agreed and signed....Read More >
Christina Bassett appointed Branch Manager at Buss Murton’s East Grinstead Office
Buss Murton is pleased to announce that Christina Bassett has been appointed Branch Manager of the East Grinstead Office with immediate effect....Read More >
Buss Murton announces Kerry Carter’s appointment to Partner
Buss Murton is pleased to announce that Kerry Carter has been appointed Partner of the firm with effect from 1st June 2017....Read More >
The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, intergenerational wealth and concerns re financial prudence.
Many of the over 55s wish to retain some control over how any money they leave to their offspring is spent.
The recent growth in pensioner wealth and the obstacles to accessing the property ladder for many of the younger generations mean that a large portion of the older generation will bequeath large sums to children and grandchildren, and that the younger generation will not have had the experience of making decisions regarding such large asset values beforehand....Read More >
Brexit, Brussels IV and Holiday Homes
Prior to August 2015, there was no unified system of succession law for those who were domiciled and habitually resident in England and Wales but who owned assets, such as a holiday home, elsewhere in Europe. This caused added expense when dealing with assets in Europe, and it was difficult to predict whether the intended beneficiary would inherit in line with the Testator’s intentions. ...Read More >
Finances on divorce - Is “special contribution” a justified argument or an outmoded concept?
The breakdown of Ryan Giggs’ marriage has been widely publicised, for a number of reasons, but most recently because he apparently intends to claim “special contribution”. Whilst most people would readily accept that he has made a special contribution to football, can the same be argued for his marriage?...Read More >
Don’t get blindsided if your relationship breaks down
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released figures showing that, for the first time, the number of unmarried couples with children breaking up has exceeded married couples with children....Read More >
Help to Buy schemes – Everything you need to know
Gail Anthony, Licensed Conveyancer at Buss Murton Law and specialist in Help to Buy property purchases, reviews current Government schemes....Read More >
Varying charges between solicitors on conveyancing quotes?
Seeking a conveyancing quotation but discovering that there is a degree of varying charges between solicitors? At Buss Murton we have no such hidden charges. ...Read More >
"Offshore tax planning – HMRC replacing the carrot with a stick”
In the run up to 5 April, there is no time like the present to ‘get one’s house in order’ especially in relation to any offshore interests that you may have....Read More >
Private clients need to be aware of the new charges for probate fees
The Ministry of Justice are to dramatically reform fees for grants of probate - these will rise in May 2017 as follows:...Read More >
“Cheap” legal solutions can prove costly
The BBC has recently reported the case of a mother who, feeling that she was unable to afford solicitors, lost thousands of pounds to an organisation promising to help with her court case....Read More >
Breaking up is hard to do
The recent case of Fast Drinks Limited v Cetyl International Group Inc (2016) highlights the need for landlords to consider the potential security of tenure of sub-tenants before exercising a break clause....Read More >
Greater protection for self-employed contractors
There may be greater protection for thousands of independent contractors working as self-employed contractors following a recent decision of the Court of Appeal....Read More >
Judge’s controversial decision to keep wife locked into marriage
A Judge has recently decided to refuse a wife’s petition for divorce on the basis that her allegations regarding her husband’s unreasonable behaviour were “minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage”. ...Read More >
Spousal maintenance – a right or a need?
Spousal maintenance is inevitably a controversial topic as the simple truth is that there will always be some who believe that they are entitled to it and others who believe equally strongly that they shouldn’t have to pay it....Read More >
Amicable Divorce App
Only 30 years ago, virtually no one owned a mobile phone and yet now a mobile app promises to help you to divorce and save thousands of pounds in legal fees. But will this app really change the way the world divorces, or is it too good to be true?...Read More >
Transgender father denied the right to see his children
The case of a transgender father who has been prevented from having a direct relationship with his children due to the risk of them being ostracised by their mother’s orthodox Jewish community, raises some interesting and disturbing issues. ...Read More >
First baby showers and now divorce parties are coming to the UK!
Although many people may see divorce as an opportunity for a fresh start, few have seen it as a cause for celebration....Read More >
The Southern Rail Crisis and the Sussex Property Market
As the Southern Rail Crisis continues and shows no signs of ending soon, Sharon Callery, Licensed Conveyancer at Buss Murton Law considers if the strike action will have an effect on the housing market located within the Southern Rail line....Read More >
Criminal sanctions for residential landlords who breach the right to rent scheme that came into force on 1 December 2016.
Under Sections 39-41 of the Immigration Act 2016, residential landlords will commit a criminal offence if:-
- Premises are occupied by an adult who is disqualified from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement due to their immigration status; and
- The landlord knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the premises are occupied by an adult who is disqualified from occupying premises under a residential tenancy agreement....Read More >
Buss Murton re-accredited to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme
We are delighted that we have been re-accredited to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. ...Read More >
Applications open for a £30,000 charity giveaway
The Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table have announced that they are launching a £30,000 charity giveaway following record attendance at the annual Dunorlan Park Fireworks which took place on the 5th November....Read More >
Managing Partner Andrew Linton talks to the Times of Tunbridge Wells
Having been established in the area for over 300 years, Buss Murton have become central to the legal community. Now, in 2016, the established firm has a new image for the future. Hannah Patterson sits down with Managing Partner Andrew Linton to find out what you can expect from their new brand…
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Is there such a thing as a 'good divorce'?
Today marks the first day of ‘Good Divorce Week’ a campaign by Resolution (the national organisation of family lawyers that aims at providing a constructive resolution to family disputes) to promote ‘no fault divorce’ and improve rights for cohabiting couples. On Wednesday 30th November, over 150 members of Resolution will travel to Westminster to lobby for these two important changes to family law. The campaign also coincides with the launch of their new Code of Practice....Read More >
Beware of the Perils of Precedents
A recent High Court ruling has demonstrated that the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words trump the “overall purpose” of the Will when it comes to interpretation.
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Dunorlan Fireworks 2016
Thanking the Tunbridge Wells Round Table...Read More >
Trustees’ Potential Liability for Investment Losses to Beneficiaries
There has been a recent judgement in the matter of Daniel and others and several solicitors acting as professional trustees. ...Read More >
Solar Panels: Will They Have a Positive or Negative Impact on Your Property?
Kerry Carter, Associate at Buss Murton Law LLP, explains the implications of installing Photovoltaic (PV) panels (known as solar panels) in your property....Read More >
Arrangements for Children Following Separation
Parents are often confused about the effects of a divorce or separation on their responsibilities for their children. ...Read More >
BREXIT: What Does the Future Hold for the Property Market?
"Out of Europe twice in a week” was an accurate summary, I thought, as I watched the highlights of the England football team being dumped out of the European Championships by the minnows of Iceland....Read More >
Buss Murton Announces Four Partnership Promotions
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Neighbours: When the Red Mist Descends, Don’t Let Costs Go Down the Drain
A dispute between neighbours about who should pay a £4,000 bill to fix a drain has racked up legal costs of more than £300,000....Read More >
Family Law, the Next Steps ...
I am going through a divorce and the finances are now going through the court process as we were unable to agree, what happens?...Read More >
Limitation Period for Loans
The High Court recently considered when the limitation period begins to run in respect of a loan where there is no deadline for repayment. ...Read More >
The Dangers of Not Having an Appropriate Will
The recent case involving Joy Williams and her deceased partner Norman Martin’s family show how dangerous it is to jointly own property with another (such as a life partner), even if the ownership is appropriately structured as a tenancy in common, if you do not also have an appropriate Will in place....Read More >
Peace of Mind: Taking Steps to Plan for your Future
Peace of Mind: Taking Steps to Plan for your Future...Read More >
Inheritance Tax and the New Residence Nil Rate Band
Question: I am a widow and have been left financially comfortable on my husband’s death a few years ago....Read More >
Implied Terms in a Contract
Implied Terms in a Contract...Read More >
Family Law, the Next Steps - What to do When it's Time to Divorce
Family Law, the next steps......Read More >
Family Law, the Next Steps...Mediation, Collaborative Law and the Court Process
Family Law, the next steps...Mediation, collaborative law and going to court - how to choose what is right for you....Read More >
Lifetime Planning: Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills
Should we keep the Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills that we have or should we change them to take the full effect of the new Residence based Inheritance Tax allowance?...Read More >
Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for Families
Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for Families...Read More >
Buy to Let
Is buy to let still a viable option for the small investor?...Read More >
What is a COP Deputy
“Following on from the last article, if you are a Court of Protection Deputy – what does that mean and what can you do and what can you not do…?...Read More >
The Commercial Agents Regulations 1993
The Commercial Agents Regulations 1993...Read More >
Homeowners Beware of Fraudsters
Homeowners beware of fraudsters trying to sell your property without your knowledge...Read More >
Family Law and Arrangements for Children
Family Law and Arrangments for Children...Read More >
Stamp Duty Land Tax
Stamp Duty Land Tax on Second Homes - Not Just an April Fools Joke...Read More >
A Quick Glance at the Year Ahead in Employment Law
A quick glance at the year ahead in Employment Law...Read More >
What is the Court of Protection?
Perhaps the first question to ask is what is a deputy?
Deputies are appointed by the Court of Protection (COP) to manage the property and affairs and/or personal welfare of those adults who lack capacity to make certain decisions for themselves.
If a person has not appointed an attorney by a registered Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), or if they don’t have the mental capacity to make an LPA, there might be a need for the COP to appoint a deputy....Read More >
Slogans - Can They be Trademarks?
Slogans - Can they be trademarks?...Read More >
Pre Nups: To Have or Have not?
Pre Nups: to have or have not?
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How to Find a Good Divorce Lawyer
How to find a good divorce lawyer...Read More >
The Right to Monitor Employees Emails
The Right to Monitor Employees Emails...Read More >
Buss Murton Law in 2016
Andrew Linton - Managing Partner at Buss Murton Law shares some thoughts on the coming year...Read More >
New Year New Start
New Year New Start...Read More >
Is Your New Year's Resolution to Put an LPA in Place?
Is your New Year's resolution to put an LPA in place?...Read More >
Government Extends Permission to Convert Office to Residential Developments
Government extends permission to convert office to residential developments...Read More >