Good estate planning is an investment. A Will may be part of your estate plan but a Will alone is not an estate plan. Harper Grey lawyer, Sandra Abley discusses the different types of Estate Plan documents in her article “No Such Thing as a Dead Simple Will”, and why it’s important to invest the time in creating them before it becomes too late.

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Author: Tom Walker

On 24 August 2019 various news organisations reported that NASA was investigating a potential criminal offence, namely that astronaut Anne McClain had unlawfully accessed her estranged spouse's bank account from the International Space Station (ISS).

Interesting questions of jurisdiction clearly arise.  The ISS is basically a research laboratory orbiting the earth at up to 410 km altitude, launched as a result of a collaboration between different nations and the European Space Agency, as set out in a series of Intergovernmental Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.

Read more: Criminal Jurisdiction in Outer Space

The massive criminal indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning college admissions fraud holds many crucial lessons for higher education leaders. From my perspective as a former prosecutor, I found some of the most important takeaways to be hidden within the hundreds of pages of materials released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Basic Facts About the Case

On Monday, March 11, 2019, more than 30 people were indicted in connection with a widespread college admissions scandal. A stunning 200+ page affidavit of probable cause supported the indictment, describing in detail an overarching conspiracy to: (1) bribe college entrance exam administrators; (2) bribe coaches and officials at elite universities to designate student candidates as recruited athletes; and (3) funnel payoff money through nonprofit corporations.

Read more: Operation Varsity Blues: Insights on the College Admissions Scandal from a Former Prosecutor

Cross-border inheritances are increasingly common. They occur when a citizen dies in a country of the European Union, different from their nationality, with goods in different member states of the European Union.

The basic rule is that inheritances are governed by the law of habitual residence and not by the nationality of the deceased. These situations raise various legal problems as determining which law should be applied to the inheritance, when several national legislations converge, the goods are in different countries, with different legislations.

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As the 29 March 2019 deadline looms, Burness Paull LLP publishes a Brexit guidence document.

As the political drama continues to unfold, we head towards the 29 March 2019 with an increased likelihood of a “no deal” Brexit. Although the Government continues to try to agree a deal with the EU that would be acceptable to Parliament, businesses can no longer delay making preparations for a no deal scenario. To supplement the Government’s series of technical measures, we have identified the key business issues for our clients.  Whatever the political outcome, we are here to help you prepare your business for the future.

Read more: Burness Paull Publishes Brexit Guidance Document