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Financial claims terminate on death – is that fair?

Although rare, there are times when the situation will arise where two spouses (or civil partners) are in the middle of financial proceedings as part of the divorce/dissolution of the civil partnership and one party passes away. The surviving spouse or civil partner naturally wishes to carry on with the proceedings in order to secure […]

Increasing late payment interest charges put focus on probate delays

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has again increased the rate of interest it charges on late paid tax – the new rate is 7.75%.  This increase raises the issue of additional tax costs caused by delays which are not necessarily the taxpayer’s fault.  In particular delays in obtaining grants of probate can now result in […]

Child Support (Enforcement) Act 2023

Following agreement by both Houses of Parliament on the text of the Child Support (Enforcement) Bill, it received Royal Assent on 20 July. This means that the bill is now an Act of Parliament, though we await formal publication by the Ministry of Justice. The Act enables the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to pursue parents […]

Employees and settlement agreements

Talking ‘off the record’ and settlement agreements Using settlement agreements to bring employment relationships to an end, and effectively wipe the slate clean, can be very useful. But, to start the conversation, employers need to be able to speak off the record. There are ways that this can be done, but employers need to take […]

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