Government to ban sale of new-build houses as leasehold

In June 2019 the Government announced a reform of new homes on the property market, which will put an end to the selling of new houses as leasehold properties, a form of ownership that has burdened thousands of homeowners with extortionate fees and, in the worst cases, unsellable properties. Where buyers are incorrectly sold a leasehold home consumers will be able to obtain the  freehold title outright at no extra cost.

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Have you been appointed as an attorney or deputy of someone’s financial affairs?

Quite often the role of an attorney is relatively straightforward if the assets you are managing on behalf of someone who has lost capacity are not complex.  However, on occasions we have seen attorneys who may have underestimated the scope of their role and have struggled with their obligations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, particularly if the incapacitated person has complex or high value assets.

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The Cyber Funeral: What happens to digital assets on death?

In a world where more and more of us are increasingly engaging in internet services and organising our lives in a digital format, most of us may not have considered what will happen when we die.

What is a digital asset?

Unsurprisingly, the term ‘digital asset’ has no precise legal definition.  It has been the subject of legal argument but, for the lay person, it can usefully be described as including the following:

  • Internet accounts including emails;
  • Photographs or videos stored online;
  • Social media accounts;
  • Tweets;
  • Blogs;
  • E-books;
  • Music libraries; and
  • Virtual currencies, amongst other things.

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