Powers of Attorney Complaints Soar

The number of complaints relating to “Powers of Attorney” – where a friend or family member is given the legal power to manage another person’s finances – has more than doubled in the last five years.  New complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service about the service rose from 71 in 2010 to 178 in 2015. ...

Do You Have the Right to Rent Out Your Property

All governments promise to make our lives simpler by streamlining legal requirements and making our lives easier by reducing “red tape”.  The current government seems to have forgotten that particular promise when we consider some of the recent rules relating to what is known as the “right to rent”.   DUTIES, PENALTIES, STATUTORY EXCUSES   ...

Second Homes Clampdown

Stamp duty was introduced in the reign of William and Mary in 1694.  It was designed to raise tax on “vellum, parchment and paper, for four years, towards carrying on the war against France”.  Historically, a physical stamp had to be attached to or impressed upon the relevant written document.  It proved an instant money ...
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