HM Land Registry Introduces New Property Alert Service

In the wake of a number of high profile property fraud cases, the Land Registry has recently introduced a new, free service for monitoring activity on properties. This service, developed to aid with fraud prevention, will alert you by email whenever certain activities such as searches or applications are made to the register of a…

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Is the divorce system in need of updating?

On 17 May, the Supreme Court heard its first case on divorce itself (Owens v Owens [UKSC 2017/0077]). The case has reignited the debate over the current divorce system in England and Wales which has been in place since 1973. In this case, the husband successfully defended his wife’s divorce petition on the grounds that…

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Probate Perils: the Importance of Representation

The responsibilities of Personal Representatives in the administration of an estate are a burden easily taken for granted, simply conferred by a will and happily taken on by a well-intentioned friend or family member of the deceased. In rare cases, however, the obligation can have dire consequences. A recent case involving Inheritance Tax liability (Harris…

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Trial By Trivia

Meadows Ryan Solicitors proudly hosted our ‘Trial By Trivia’ Quiz Night on 11 April 2018 at St Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club. We had a fantastic turnout, with over sixty participants. The winning team, ‘Just In Time’, showed their extensive general knowledge with their impressive winning score. We are very pleased to confirm that we…

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Nuptial Agreements: how to protect your assets

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics highlights that the marriage rate for women over the age of 65 has increased by 56% in recent years, suggesting that, for some, marriage is as much about financial security as it is about love. One of the biggest financial concerns facing couples who decide to marry…

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Lasting Power of Attorney refund claim

The Government has launched a scheme to enable people to claim back part of the application fee paid to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to register Lasting Powers of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017. The claim can be made by the person making the Power of Attorney (the Donor)…

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Draft Finance Bill (No.2) 2017 published

The Government has published the second Finance Bill of 2017 which had its second reading in the House of Commons last week. The proposals contain a raft of legislation which were excluded from the first Finance Bill which was shortened in view of the snap election. From a private client perspective, the main proposals are…

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Solicitor Jagat Shah joins Meadows Ryan’s Private Client Team

We are pleased to welcome Jagat Shah to our Private Client Team. Jagat is an experienced private client solicitor, advising families and individuals on all aspects of private client law including inheritance tax and succession planning, wills, administration of estates, trust creation and administration, and powers of attorney. Jagat qualified as a solicitor in 2010…

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A continued partnership with St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis

We are very pleased to announce the renewal of Meadows Ryan Solicitors’ sponsorship with St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club. Piers Meadows, Managing Partner, commented: “We are delighted to support the Club which is going from strength to strength. It is a pleasure to be involved with the Juniors’ section of the Club and to…

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Property Development: are you using an LLP?

Property Development: are you using an LLP? When you put together developers (who want to minimise bank borrowings/charges) and private investors (wanting a great return on their cash) you have the makings of a lucrative joint venture. Many of our clients are currently using limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to structure their projects. Why? LLPs are…

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A year of change…

2016 witnessed many changes from the deaths of a multitude of icons, a drastic change to the Stamp Duty Land Tax regime and the rocking of the political establishment with the Brexit Vote and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. In spite of this unsettling background, Meadows Ryan Solicitors are proud of the firm’s…

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