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Why Make a Will

Making a Will is important protection for our nearest and dearest but there still remains a large percentage of our population who do not have this protection in place.  Here, Bennett Oakley will explore why you might want to put this protection in...

Funeral Plans

Funeral plans always seem to be in the news these days.  Sometimes for the right reasons and sadly sometimes for the wrong reasons.  So why is having a funeral plan potentially a good idea? In this day and age, it is very important to plan for...

Inheritance Tax Issues

It was once said that there are two things in life which are certain: death and taxes.  Sadly the two do tend to go hand in hand meaning that many of our estates will bear some burden to Inheritance Tax upon our deaths. Inheritance Tax is still...

Everything Employees Need To Know About Settlement Agreements

Being offered a settlement agreement (formally known as compromise agreements) can be daunting for an employee.  Questions abound.  Should you accept it?  What rights are you signing away?  How will it affect your future work prospects...

Protect Your Business with a Business Lasting Power Of Attorney

As a business owner if you become mentally incapacitated tomorrow then who would pay your suppliers and staff, or complete any outstanding work, so that your clients and customers do not disappear overnight? Business owners are apt to forget that unless...

Lease Extensions - A Step By Step Guide

With approximately two million dwelling houses being classed as leasehold properties it is the most common form of flat ownership in England and Wales. If you own a leasehold property, it is imperative that you are aware of the steps to take to extend your...

Don't Miss Out On Claiming Capital Allowance On Your Commercial Property

According to research conducted by Deloitte in 2014, around 96% of individuals who were eligible had not claimed capital allowance on their commercial property.  In order to ensure you are not missing out on significant tax savings, here is a brief...

Changes to the Letting of a Property with an EPC Rating Lower than 'E' - What Landlords Need to Know

The Energy Act 2011 imposes changes that will alter the way the commercial property sector functions. Under the Act, from April 2018, it will be considered unlawful to let a property which does not satisfy the minimum energy performance standard (MEPS). This...

Balancing the Past and the Future - Property Development, Archaeology and Consecrated Land

Property development is fraught with enormous risks coupled with huge personal and financial rewards.  Experienced developers are aware of how important it is to ensure that any archaeological obligations, along with issues involving consecrated land...

The New Stamp Duty Reforms - How They Will Affect You

As part of the Autumn Statement delivered yesterday in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne revealed the Conservative Party’s stamp duty reforms, which came into force on the 4th December 2014.  Seen as long overdue, they will reduce...
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