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By Aidan Grant Mixed domicile marriages can have a significant impact on estate planning opportunities. For example UK domiciled spouses only have a limited spouse exemption when passing assets to their non-UK domiciled spouse. It may also mean navigating the choppy waters of double taxation relief as more than one jurisdiction seeks to claim taxing rights […]

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