Legal Features

Modernising lasting powers of attorney: change is coming

In 2007, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduced Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) which for the first time allowed a donor to appoint an attorney to make decisions both about their property and financial affairs, but also about their health and welfare.

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Handy new checklist for lease extensions (surrender and regrants)

At-a-glance guide for conveyancers to help with lease extension applications where the existing lease is being surrendered and a new lease granted

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Farhan Farani, Managing Director of Farani Taylor Solicitors

Mind the gap – Economic duress of lawful act

On 18 August 2021, in Pakistan International Airline Corporation v Times Travel (UK) Ltd (Appellant) [2021] UKSC, the Supreme Court unanimously held that economic (or lawful act) duress does exist under English law. 

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Harriet Betteridge arken legal

Top ten tips for supporting modern families with their estate planning

Modern or ‘blended’ families come in all shapes and sizes, they might have children from previous relationships or have family members across the globe. They may consist of cohabiting partners, same-sex married couples, adopted children or enjoy a blend of cultures. They represent the wonderfully diverse world we live in today and are growing increasingly common.

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nick ellor temple legal protection

When does a Litigation Funding Agreement become a Damages-Based Agreement?

Litigation funding agreements (“LFA”) and damages-based agreements (“DBA”) are both forms of litigation funding. Both are ways to facilitate access to justice and both enable litigants to pursue their claims without having to bear the costs of so doing – at least until judgment is given in their favour. The “litigation risk” is transferred away from the litigant and onto the investor and the legal representatives.

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Buyers beware

Some 12 years on from its first published research, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners has published a new report: Wills and Trusts – Buyers Beware.


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