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Boxster the Bull Brought Before Judge

DEFRA Methods Put to the Test I am pleased to say that I was unduly pessimistic as to the chances of success in the case of R (on the application of K and AC Jackson and Son) v DEFRA  and for once the High Court in the person of Mr...

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And so this is Christmas…

I was lucky enough to get away in November and spent ten days in the African heat.  On arrival back Gatwick was shut, the rail network was at a virtual standstill and the long cold Winter had begun. After a few weeks,  here we are again.  A foot of snow...

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Complexity, intensity and unpredictability of needs

There is almost a stock answer that has developed for refusing NHS Continuing Care amongst the Primary Care Trusts all over the country. After acres of paper, visits, months if not years waiting the letter drops through the door simply stating that the complexity, intensity or unpredictability are not sufficient...

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End of life – making your choices

It is Dementia Awareness Week starting on 4 July. Surveys by doctors suggest that advanced dementia is the illness people fear the most. I find people often spend a lot of time contemplating inheritance when it comes to drafting their will. Who do they want to leave various possessions to?...

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The family home – what can you do to save inheritance tax?

IHT and the Family Home Ever since increases in residential property values began to outstrip the Inheritance Tax (IHT) nil rate band (currently £325,000 per person) how to mitigate the tax attributable to the family home has become a major challenge. But it isn’t just about tax. All too often...

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Heading for a retirement village? What happens when you sell?

Are you thinking of buying a house / flat in a retirement village? Do make sure you read the terms of purchase and sale. Some insist that every time the Property is sold the landlord becomes entitled to 5% of the market value of the property (either agreed between you...

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The Family Home – keep it in the family

Although the markets have wobbled over the past few years, the rising value of property continues to outstrip the Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band.  When you die, unless you make plans beforehand, there may be some tax to pay. Along side the position on death, is the current issue over...

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National Dementia Strategy – falling short

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) has not held back in its criticism of the Department of Health in its latest report. ”Despite stating at least 10 times at our earlier hearing that Dementia would be a national priority – it still isn’t”. The report makes clear...

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With a Little Preparation You Can Avoid the Court of Protection

The Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection are hardly out of the news these days. It is not hard to understand that those looking after the most vulnerable in our society need and deserve considerable support to carry out what is often an onerous role. It...

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Care Funding – Keep it Simple

It is hard to know where the debate on care provision will end up. Everyone knows something needs to be done but there seems to be little political consensus on how it will be achieved. All we can hope for is that the current system will be improved. If you...

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