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Shrewsbury based Linder Myers solicitor to retire after more than 30 years

Linder Myers commercial property lawyer Anna James will be retiring from the profession in September after more than 30 years in Shropshire.

How to avoid an inheritance dispute

Last week a farmer’s daughter dubbed a ‘real life Cinderella’ by the media won her case for a fair share of her parent’s £7 million estate, after suing them for changing their Will. The woman, who was regularly left to work at the family farm while her sisters pursued their own interests, had been promised that the farm would be left to her in return for her contribution. However in 2009 her parents reneged on this promise and changed their Will to leave all three siblings an equal share. A bitter family dispute followed culminating in a decision by the Court that the parents should be held accountable for the promises they made to their daughter.

Diversification – what you need to know

Against a tough economic backdrop many farmers and other landowners have chosen diversification as a way of keeping their farm financially viable and protected for the next generation. With approximately half of all UK farms using some form of diversified activity in their farming business it can provide a welcome and crucial income stream.

Linder Myers celebrates agricultural heritage

Linder Myers’ Shropshire office is celebrating its agricultural heritage with an exclusive event being held at the President’s Pavilion in Shrewsbury on Thursday 5th December.

Long- term land leases - are they the key to a sustainable farming future?

The importance of a thriving tenanted land sector was highlighted at the NFU Tenants’ Conference last week. Speaking at the event, NFU President Peter Kendall called for all parties involved in tenant farming to consider long-term sustainable business models to ensure a successful, flexible and profitable farm business.

Price of farmland trebles in less than a decade

The cost of farmland hit a record high during the first half of 2013, with further increases likely in the next 12 months according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) rural land market survey.

Agricultural Property Relief - The basics

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is complex but the basic idea is simple. It is a Tax on chargeable transfers made during a person’s lifetime and also on the assets left by a deceased on death. There are some exemptions and reliefs available to reduce the amount of tax payable and in this article we are looking at Agricultural Property Relief (APR).

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