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Tax deadlines are approaching – get ready to pay and/or file returns

For gifts and inheritances then please note that where a valuation date for Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) occurred between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, the pay and file deadline is 31 October 2016. Extended deadline  Where the taxpayer … Continue reading

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Tips on choosing a counsellor

Here’s some helpful tips on sourcing a counsellor; Do your research Use a reputable website e.g. www.iacp.ie to begin your search. The IACP (Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) is well known with a formal code of Conduct and Ethics, … Continue reading

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Revenue is getting greater yields from inheritance and gift tax

According to The Journal.ie, there has been a massive jump in inheritance tax takings, and nieces and nephews are getting the brunt of it. New figures provided by Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath show that the yield from Capital Acquisitions Tax, which is … Continue reading

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How much compensation will I get for my injury

In any personal injury claim, from a car accident to a slip and fall case, there are two main categories of “damages” available to the injured person (“damages” is just a legalese term for compensation/money that the “at-fault party” must … Continue reading

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Daddies will get time off work for newly born babies after 1st September 2016

Before 2016, employers were not obliged to grant male employees paternity leave (either paid or unpaid) following the birth of their child. The Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 introduced statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks together with a new … Continue reading

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Central Bank of Ireland’s latest SME report

  REPORT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Annualised quarterly gross new lending to non-financial, non-real-estate SMEs in Q1 2016 is 4.8% higher than Q1 2015 and 38% higher than Q1 2014. The SME lending market continues to be highly concentrated – in the … Continue reading

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lawyers call on EU to fund acute need for legal aid on the borders of the EU

Last month, the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland have announced their joint support of “European Lawyers in Lesvos”, a legal aid initiative in support of refugees engulfed in Greece’s ongoing migrant crisis. A joint project of … Continue reading

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HELPING VULNERABLE PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS

The cornerstones of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 https://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/acts/2015/a6415.pdf (the Act) are the provisions on the functional approach to decision making capacity ( s.3 of the Act) and the guiding principles which are to apply in relation to any interventions under … Continue reading

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Will solicitors and lawyers be replaced by computers ?

Recently, at Chancery Lane, London, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by UK Law Society President on the future of technology and the Law. The following is an extract of some of the points made by him :- “Artificial … Continue reading

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Insurers fail to prosecute fraudsters – according to former Irish High Court Judge

Former president of the High Court, Mr Justice Kearns has criticised the State’s loss-making insurers for not seeking the prosecution of people found to have made fraudulent injury claims. Speaking yesterday at a conference on Ireland’s soaring personal injury costs and … Continue reading

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