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Administration of estates - Our practical solutions to impossible questions

Esther Woodhouse
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Administering the estate of a deceased loved one can be traumatic and even more so when faced with financial organisations that create obstacles to moving the administration forward. In this blog, Esther Woodhouse reaches out to those having had similar...

Children in Wills - Are all your children benefitting correctly?

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The question of who your children are may seem a simple one. However, in the modern world where family dynamics are becoming increasingly complex, it is important to guarantee that the legal definition of “children” aligns with your personal...

Top 5 estate planning tips

Oscar Scotney
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Estate planning is not an isolated task - life changes quickly and your estate planning should evolve with it. Below are our top 5 estate planning tips to help safeguard your assets, minimise inheritance tax and give you peace of mind for the future: ...

Probate fee increase - How much are fees increasing and how will it affect me?

Esther Woodhouse
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It’s good news that the government’s original proposal to introduce a “death tax” has been scrapped, as this would have seen grieving families pay up to £6,000 for probate. However, introducing a flat fee of £273 is still...

Remote witnessing of wills - Was it worth it?

Jak Ward
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Parliament reacted slowly to the emergence of Covid-19 in this country when it came to will-writing. Despite the Government locking the country down in March 2020, it took Parliament until July 2020 to temporarily amend Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 to...

Government decide Inheritance Tax staying as is and Capital Gains Tax to be refined

Ben Taylor
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The Treasury has written to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) in response to its second report on Inheritance Tax (IHT) and on its two Capital Gains Tax (CGT) reports. The second report on IHT had the aim of investigating and commenting on the...

Caveats in probate disputes - what are they, why should I apply for one, and how do I apply?

Jak Ward
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I have encountered a fair number of new enquiries recently where the obvious first step to take is to apply to enter a caveat at the Probate Registry. I, therefore, felt that it would be a topical yet timely reminder of what they are, why they can be useful,...

Where there's a will, there's a way: Demystifying the Intestacy Rules

Jak Ward
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When a person dies leaving no will, they are said to have died intestate. As they have not provided directions as to how they wish their assets to be dealt with, their estate is shared out in accordance with a set of legal principles known as “the...

Court of Appeal approves the right for applicants to recover CFA success fees in the case of Hirachand v Hirachand

Jak Ward
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The eagerly awaited Court of Appeal judgment in Hirachand was handed down last week. When this issue crops up on a case, I find that it is incredibly difficult for one to grapple one way or the other, let alone second-guess which way the judiciary are going...

The past, present and (possible) future of wills and probate?

Jak Ward
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Since the emergence of covid-19 in March 2020, every industry in the UK has faced challenges. Some have seen their development and growth thwarted, whilst others have shone. We’ve hopefully seen the back of the worst of it. I’m now at the...

Estate Administration: It's a matter of public record

Esther Woodhouse
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After death, there is often a need for your Personal Representatives to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Representation.  The Grant confirms the Personal Representatives’ authority to administer the estate which is needed to collect...

Should we discuss inheritance?

Ben Taylor
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We can often find discussing money matters, like inheritance, a little uncomfortable. However, in some cases it is quite common and, as in my experience, we are starting to observe a changing attitude towards talking about property, finances, and death. ...

Are your legal affairs up to date?

Joseph Stoehr
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Why now is the ideal time to get your legal affairs in order The past eighteen months have forced us all to think about a lot and for many this has meant finally writing a will or rummaging around for their “current” one to give it a...

Property Investment Portfolios - Is a Family Investment Company (FIC) the answer?

Ben Taylor
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Join us for our Family Investment Companies Masterclass webinar on 16 September - full details and registration here . There have been a number of changes in the tax environment over the last few years aimed at discouraging private ownership of second or...

Implications for carers and Deputies - Access to sex workers

Elizabeth Young
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A decision in the case of ‘C’ has been handed down, judging him to have the capacity to engage in sexual relations and to potentially engage a sex worker and identifying issues for those who may be asked to help make such arrangements for others ...

The updated Trust Registration Service

Naomi McFadden
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The Trust Registration Service (“TRS”) was originally set up in 2017 and only required trustees of express trusts with a relevant tax liability to register. The relevant taxes are: Income tax Capital Gains Tax Inheritance tax Stamp Duty...

Divorce and Tax

Ben Taylor
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We often get asked about the tax situation on divorce.  Whilst there is no one size fits all, the following is a general outline of the common tax issues that arise on a divorce or separation . Advice should always be sought at an early stage and a...

A cautious Budget?

Ben Taylor
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In the lead up to the budget a number of economic commentators urged caution in respect of an increase in tax, so as not to stifle the economic recovery of the UK. That being said, with UK national debt the highest since 1963, it was still expected that...

Are People Becoming More Reliant on Their Inheritance?

Tim Russ
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Will and inheritance claims have been significantly increasing for many years now. According to the Ministry of Justice reporting in the Times last year, in 2016, the number of individuals seeking to claim a share or a larger proportion of a deceased...

A New Tax on Wealth

Ben Taylor
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A new tax on wealth is being considered and a report by The Wealth Tax Commission has been released this month making recommendations to the Government.  To find out how such changes could affect you as a taxpayer and whether you should review your...

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