Refresher on Abatement of Legacies – Petterson v Ross [2013] EWHC 2724

The case of Petterson v Ross [2013] EWHC 2724 (Ch) is a recent and useful summary of the correct approach to be taken where there are insufficient assets in an estate to pay specific legacies. The case is useful for will drafters and contentious probate practitioners alike. The case is a useful refresher of the…

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Executors Lose BPR Appeal on Furnished Holiday Lets

The Court of Appeal has rejected, for the final time, the executors of Nicolette Pawson application for leave to appeal the Upper Tribunal‘s decision in HMRC v Pawson (deceased) [2013] UKUT 050 (TCC) that a let holiday cottage was held mainly as an investment and so did not qualify for business property relief (BPR) for…

Marriage Transferable Tax Allowance – The Basics

The Government has recently announced that from April 2015 some married couples (including same and opposite sex) and civil partners will be eligible for a new Transferable Tax Allowance (TTA) for income tax:  What We Know Thus Far The TTA for married couples will enable spouses and civil partners to transfer a fixed amount of…