Crowd-funding property investments: open to anyone with a spare £10

Successive political, cultural and financial developments over recent years have led to the emergence of a generation of people for whom property ownership is a distant dream. For some, property ownership is not appealing in itself. For others, the chance of saving a meaningful deposit is so remote that the prospect isn't even entertained. Even successful Landlords with vast and profitable property portfolios are losing interest in the sector, as taxation and regulatory disincentives dampen the mood (is the age of the amateur landlord over?). The good news is that…

Powers and Duties of Executors and Trustees

Unless the powers of executors and trustees are extended or varied by the will, the powers are limited to those given by statute. The main statutory powers are set out here under: Section 3 of the Trustee Act 2000 (the Act) gives a general power to invest in anything other than land. Section 4(1) provides that when exercising any power of investment trustees must take into account the statutory investment criteria which are: The suitability to the trust of investments of the type proposed and of that particular investment as…

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