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Estate Administration & Probate: A Beginner’s Guide

There is a bewildering array of terminology used around the process of dealing with a person’s assets and liabilities when they die.  Lucy Duffin from Penderlaw’s Wills, Trusts and Probate team runs through the basic terms associated with estate administration and probate and discusses issues which can commonly arise with DIY estate administration. Words such…

To move or not to move…

Current trends and shifting priorities within the property market It seems that following the property market going into deep freeze for 3 months towards the end of March, many of us just can’t wait a moment longer to move house.  So, is now the right time to be moving house? Property website Zoopla reported in…

Housing market to emerge from lockdown

England’s housing market can now begin to emerge from lockdown following the announcement by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.  Permission has now been given for estate agents to open, viewings to be carried out in person and for removal firms and solicitors to commence their operations. According to Zoopla, around £82bn of property transactions have been…

Harry Perrin discusses the value of quiet spaces

A little something we thought you might be interested to read during this time of isolation and solitude. Harry Perrin was a member of our Disputes team from 2015 to 2016 before moving to Belfast to join the Financial Times as a legal counsel. Before he became a lawyer, Harry worked in art galleries and…

Can I get divorced during the coronavirus pandemic?

Being quarantined and self-isolating is tough even for happy couples.  But for those contemplating separation or divorce, this period is even more difficult as existing tensions are magnified.  You might think that as everything seems to have ground to a halt during the pandemic that it would not be possible to get divorced, but this…

Minimising inheritance tax with lifetime gifts

Many people do not consider themselves to be wealthy enough to be affected by inheritance tax and unfortunately get caught out by life’s final taxation. With over 28,000 estates liable for inheritance tax in 2016-17, it’s worth looking at ways to legally minimise the amount of inheritance tax your beneficiaries are likely to have to…

Moving house in the time of coronavirus

Many property buyers and sellers have been left understandably distressed following last Thursday evening’s government announcement regarding home moving during the coronavirus outbreak.  It was stated that, wherever possible, all property transactions should be ‘paused’, except for those that are contractually obliged to proceed or where it is not possible to reach an agreement to…

Penderlaw Business Continuity Plan

PreparationAs the problems presented by the coronavirus continue to multiply, I am writing to let you know that we are doing all we can to ensure that we continue to maintain the quality of service that you would normally expect from Penderlaw, whilst taking into consideration the health of our employees and their families. In…

Planning ahead to save the farm

It is a sad fact that farmers’ families often face huge inheritance tax bills if effective succession planning has not been implemented. Tax relief is currently available, but many don’t receive it because the required processes have not been followed. Alarmingly, an NFU Mutual survey in 2017 found that less than 50% of farming families…