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Could lifetime gifting to avoid Inheritance Tax have risks?

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Gifting inheritance early to children is becoming ever more popular by parents. For some, it is seen as the perfect way of addressing two birds with one stone: helping their children get onto the property ladder and reducing the amount of Inheritance Tax...

World Mental Health Day

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10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day – a day to raise awareness about mental health issues, services available and things you can do to help yourself in these situations. Research suggests that at least 1 in 4 of us will experience mental...

Would you want to be kept alive against your will?

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Brenda Grant made an Advance Directive, commonly known as a Living Will, stating she feared degradation and indignity more than death after seeing her own mother lose her independence through dementia. She did not tell her family about it but correctly...

Can you handwrite your Will yourself?

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Well, yes you can but in order to be valid it needs to comply with that well known and thoroughly modern Wills Act of 1837. If your handwritten will (which everyone knows of course, is called a Holographic Will) fails to meet these legal requirements, it...

Intestacy: and the reasons we encourage the preparation of a Will

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Intestacy An intestacy does not just occur when a person dies without a Will. It can also arise even if they have a Will but it is invalid or has been revoked. It can also arise if a valid Will has not been properly drafted and a...

Rules relating to the possession of a deceased's body.

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As you are all aware, when someone passes away decisions need to be made in respect of what happens to the body whether it be cremation, burial, green burial or anything else. Disputes at this point can arise between family members as to what should happen...

Choosing the right private Attorney

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When it comes to Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), it’s important to appoint the right person to act as your Attorney. So what do you need to consider? The role of an Attorney Lasting...

Leaving money to loved ones with learning difficulties

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Making a Will is always important, but it is even more important when you are making provisions for those with learning difficulties. On the 25 th April, I spoke at the Mencap ‘Planning for the Future Seminar’ in Northampton on this subject and...

Inheritance disputes hit a record high

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There are all sorts of reasons someone may bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family Dependents) Act (IPFDA) 1975. It might be because an individual has been left out of a Will entirely, they receive less than they...

Leaving digital assets in your Will

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Helen Taylor explains what happens to digital assets when you pass away and how to make provision for them in your Will… Including digital assets in your Will When we think about making a Will, very few of us...

Expected New Probate Fees Challenged

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There has been much discussion recently about increasing the probate application fee, so that it changes from a flat rate fee for all estates (currently £155 if the application is submitted by a solicitor) to a stepped rate which increases...

Government confirm new Probate fees

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As the government confirms the new banded Probate fee charges, I explain the implications… Implications of the changes Despite overwhelming opposition, the government has confirmed that the fees for a probate...

Lasting Power of Attorney - Deputyship

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If a loved one loses capacity and they don’t have a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney in place to manage their affairs, a deputy may need to be appointed. I explain the process…...

Urgent warning about the Government online LPA tool

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I have joined a number of organisations representing older and vulnerable people to raise serious concerns around the Government’s online tool for creating Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). In this post I explain a bit...