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New rules governing trusts have been brought in as part of a Europe-wide initiative to combat money laundering and the funding of terrorism. The scope of the new legislation includes an online register which requires trustees to submit information to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs by a deadline. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says trusts need…

August is the most popular month of the year for weddings. It could be something to do with the anticipation of fine weather, or the fact that it coincides with school summer holidays or the ease with which people can get time off work. Whatever the reason, an August weekend is the top choice for…

Plymouth firm Curtis Whiteford Crocker Solicitors has been given a Lexcel award – the Law Society’s own quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care. Only 10% of the country’s law firms have obtained Lexcel status which is subject to a rigorous annual inspection. Curtis Whiteford Crocker employs 49 staff at three…

Housebuilding in the UK is on the increase with 184,000 new homes constructed in the last year, according to government figures – the highest level recorded since 2008. The statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government for the quarter ended June 2017 show an increase in new builds completed of 12 per cent…

Many people have heard of the expression Lasting Power of Attorney – the ability to appoint someone to make decisions in the event of an individual becoming incapacitated. Plymouth solicitor Lucy Atwill says that many firms need to make similar arrangements to protect their businesses as well. Lucy, who heads the Wills and Probates department…

  A Supreme Court ruling over a widow’s decision to leave her entire estate to animal charities and not her estranged daughter has highlighted the need for professional advice when drawing up a Will. Melita Jackson died in 2007 and left the bulk of her £486,000 estate to three charities – Blue Cross, the RSPCA…

Interviews given by Princes William and Harry about the death of their mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, have revealed the trauma they experienced during the events of 20 years ago. In a candid documentary broadcast on the BBC, Diana, 7 Days, Prince Harry revealed how Prince Charles had broken the news of Diana’s fatal…

According to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s latest figures, fraud crimes have gone up for the fifth year in a row in England and Wales. The bureau reports a rise of four per cent in fraud offences to over 653,000 for the year ended in June with more than half of crimes taking place online….

Legal experts have begun assessing the possible impact of Brexit on UK employment law, most of which is based on legislation which originated in the European Parliament. Employment law is a complex issue but solicitor Matthew Becker – a partner in Plymouth-based law firm Curtis Whiteford Crocker – says we shouldn’t expect sudden, seismic changes…

High-profile break-ups like the separation of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after 12 years together throw the subject of divorce into the news spotlight again. Even if you have a multi-million dollar estate to be divided up and a family of six children to be looked after, you could be forgiven for believing that divorce…

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