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Shorter Stamp Duty Land Tax return submission deadline from 1 March

From 1 March 2019, the time limit to file a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) return and pay the tax due to HMRC is being significantly decreased to 14 days, where previously it was 30 days. The 14 days will include weekends and bank holidays so will in practice require a very prompt turnaround. When […]

What can happen when a property owner fails to pay their landlord’s service charge:

Where you own a flat, you will have a landlord to whom ground rent and service charge must be paid. The case of Caroline Gibbs v Lakeside Developments Limited is a extreme example of what happens when you do not pay those charges. In this case, Mrs Gibbs owned a flat in London, which she […]

Care fees allowance unchanged for 9th year

If you require long term care, you will have to pay your care fees in full (in England) if your capital is more than £23,250. The Government has just announced that this allowance is going to remain the same for 2019/2020 – the same level it has been at since 2010/2011! When looking at care […]

What to think about when writing your Will

There are many things to consider when writing your Will. Here is our guide to some of the most common factors: Executors are the people who deal with everything after you are gone. Their job would be to collect in your assets, notify any relevant people/organisations that you have died and distribute/manage your estate. Anyone […]