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VICTORIA SAMPSON ON SUPPORTING ELLENOR


By News
| 28 June 2017

This Sunday, a team of six from CooperBurnett will be walking nearly 26 miles from Tower Bridge in London to Gravesend to raise money for ellenor, a charity which provides vital hospice at home care to babies, children and young in their own homes throughout southwest Kent. CooperBurnett Partner, Victoria Sampson, has been an Ambassador for ellenor for five years and here she explains why she s

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CAREER MOVE


By News
| 21 June 2017

We are looking for a lawyer (ideally with 0-3 years PQE) to join our residential property team at CooperBurnett. You’ll be working with an experienced team and one of the first to be awarded the Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation by The Law Society. Based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, we offer a friendly and enjoyable, yet professional, environment to work in. If you’d like mor

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OPEN DOOR AT CARE HOMES


By News
| 14 June 2017

Friday 16 June marks the fifth national Care Home Open Day when care homes across the UK are throwing open their doors to connect with their local community. Last year 4,300 care homes took part. The theme for this year is ‘friendship’ and emphasises the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport. Care homes

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WORKING WITH CITIZENS ADVICE TO HELP THE COMMUNITY


By News
| 5 June 2017

CooperBurnett associate solicitors, Gemma Gillespie and Katie Hilsdon, both volunteer for Citizens Advice in Tunbridge Wells one afternoon each month – Gemma offering advice on family matters and Katie on other areas of civil law. Citizens Advice is a network of 300 independent charities across England and Wales which provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people with ever

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COOPERBURNETT MAKES MARATHON EFFORT FOR HOSPICE CHARITY ELLENOR


By News
| 1 June 2017

Six team members from  CooperBurnett are taking in a marathon 26 mile walk in July to raise money for the children’s hospice at home charity ellenor. Taking on the challenge will be ellenor Ambassador, Victoria Sampson, Lisa Connolly, Katie Hilsdon, Charlotte Mackenzie, Gareth Warner and Andrew Hawkins and they are joining a team of ellenor supporters in the charity’s Walkathon on Sunday 2

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A GREEN-FINGERED MOVE


By Victoria Sampson
| 24 May 2017

Many of us have either visited RHS Chelsea or enjoyed coverage on the BBC recently and are now feeling inspired in this sunnier weather to get outside and create a dream garden. Or, it might be that the hankering for more outside space is leading some of us to consider moving to a property which offers this. According to a recent survey by Colourfence British house hunters would be prepared to

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BAD BEHAVIOUR…


By News
| 16 May 2017

My spouse treated me badly - does this mean I can expect more of the family assets? Under S25 of Matrimonial Causes Act there is a consideration, namely the conduct of each of the parties and is that conduct such that it would, in the opinion of the court, be inequitable to disregard it. This amongst another 7 considerations is one issue that needs looking at when dividing the family assets.

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PROBATE REGISTRY FEE INCREASE SCRAPPED


By Victoria Sampson
| 24 April 2017

On 10 April 2017 we reported the Government announcement that the fee for obtaining a Grant of Probate (or alternatively, if there is no Will, a Grant of Letters of Administration) was set to increase. The new fee was due to be calculated with reference to the value of the net estate of the deceased (assets minus date of death liabilities) and, crucially, before any exemptions for inheritance tax

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LOOMING PROBATE FEES INCREASE IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT


By News
| 10 April 2017

Recently, the Government announced that the fee for obtaining a Grant of Probate (or alternatively, if there is no Will, a Grant of Letters of Administration) is set to increase. Currently, the fee payable to the Probate Registry is £155 when the application is made by a solicitor, or £215 when made by anyone else. The new fee will be calculated with reference to the value of the net estate o

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RESIDENCE NIL RATE BAND – A NEW IHT ALLOWANCE


By News
| 10 April 2017

A new Inheritance Tax free allowance called the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) has now come into force and applies to deaths on or after 6th April 2017.  The RNRB will apply when a residence passes to the deceased’s direct descendants or where there are additional funds within an estate following a decision by the deceased to downsize. The RNRB is available in addition to the standard Nil Ra

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