Gifting

The season of giving is here and although inheritance tax may be far from your mind, it’s always worthwhile to consider the rules on gifting. Small gifts such as Christmas or birthday gifts do not form part of your estate for inheritance…

THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU PRESS “SEND”!

Recognising that the time has come to end a serious relationship is often very stressful.  There can be a lot of upset, confusion and worry which sometimes leads people to feel irrational and emotional and behave and say things in a way which…

Property owners face rising minimum energy standards

Roseanna McNally, Bartons Solicitors. As of 1st April 2018 new regulations, also known as ‘MEES’, have introduced a minimum ‘E’ rating for new lets and tenancy renewals of residential or commercial property. It is now unlawful to…

A Legal Remedy to Reducing your Inheritance Tax Bill

Mandy Potter from Bartons explains how to make the most of minimising your Inheritance Tax bill in 2018. From the 6th April 2018 individuals leaving their family home to children or grandchildren will be entitled to an extra £25,000 allowance…

Bartons Solicitors wins major National Legal Award

Bartons Solicitors’ Marine department has been awarded the prestigious Firm of the Year (Regional) in transport by the Legal 500. The award citation states ‘Bartons is praised not only for its excellence in law, but for its impressive knowledge…

Buying goods? Know your consumer rights

The Consumer Rights Act came into force on 1 October 2015 and provides that all goods purchased from a business by a consumer must be of satisfactory quality, fit for the purpose provided and in line with its description. Your rights under the…

SEPARATION, DIVORCE AND SECOND HOMES

When couples separate, probably one of the last things they want to think about is Stamp Duty. Many people remain entirely unaware how, since April 2016, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) can affect couples who are married or in a civil partnership.…