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Stone King wins praise for high quality advice to families and individuals in Legal Industry Bible

Bath law firm Stone King has won praise for its high quality advice to families and individuals in the leading legal industry bible Chambers UK 2014.

The annual directory, which identifies the top solicitors and law firms through in-depth interviews with clients and industry insiders, places Stone King in the highest tier for its family and private client work.

Stone King Lawyer Awarded Top International Legal Qualification

A solicitor at Bath law firm Stone King has received a distinction in a prestigious international legal qualification.

Dan Harris, who is a solicitor in the firm's trusts and estates team, is one of just 23 lawyers worldwide to have been awarded the Advanced Certificate in International Succession and Probate by the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). Still fewer have been awarded a distinction and Dan received the second highest score of all the entrants.

Stone King lawyer reveals secrets of successful divorce in new book

John Brownrigg, who heads Stone King's family law and mediation team in Bath, has written a new book to empower separating couples.

Divorce: Making it Work Better is a concise guide for people who are thinking – or in the process – of getting divorced. Far from being just a legal guide, it concentrates on helping couples take control of the divorce process to minimize conflict, protect their children, and save money.

Tax Miscellany

Furnished holiday lets

Labour plans to stop these being treated as business income in 2010 were shelved, and the relief will extend to properties in the EU from 6 April. However, days let will have to increase to 105 from the current limit of 70. Final details awaited but you may need to boost your marketing effort as competition for lettings increases.

Simplifying cross-border succession

The European Commission announced its intention to tackle this problem within the EU on 1st March 2012. There are said to be over 12 million Europeans living outside their own country and around 450,000 international successions each year.

This link takes you to EU guidance – in 22 languages if that makes it easier for you!

www.successions-europe.eu/

This may well simplify probates for families within the EU but does not address the problem which exists across borders outside the EU.

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