Wills, probate, tax and trusts

What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?

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Civil partnerships give same-sex couples two options; marriage and civil partnership, but only allows heterosexual couples one option; marriage. But, many people do not know whether there is a difference between marriage and a civil partnership More …

Claudia's Law - managing a missing person's financial affairs

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Since Claudia Lawrence went missing in 2009, her family have discovered that there is no legal mechanism in place for them to deal with her financial affairs while she remains a missing person. The solution being put forward is Claudia's law which will backed by Claudia's family and the charity Missing People. More …

Non-dom changes: Don't hold your breath waiting for the final detail

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The draft Finance Bill 2017 released in December contained some (but not all) of the much-needed detail about the significant changes to the taxation of non-doms from April 2017. So what does it mean for your property and tax position? More …

Trusts: myth or truth?

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Despite the many legislative changes to the taxation of trusts in recent years, they continue to offer a flexible, tax-efficient structure to preserve and protect family wealth. More …

When is a million pounds not a million pounds? The new residence nil rate band

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The new residence nil rate band (RNRB) has been reported in the press in a number of different ways, some saying that inheritance tax (IHT) will be scrapped on homes worth up to £1million. More …

Making gifts under a Power of Attorney

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Making gifts under a Power of Attorney

As an attorney acting under a Power of Attorney, you may have the ability to make gifts to others on the donor's behalf, but what are the issues to consider and how much are you allowed to give? More …

Autumn Statement 2016: Will our wishes come true for private clients?

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In Philip Hammond's first Autumn Statement, we await to see how he plans to shape the economy and tax system, whilst balancing the government's spending. Will this be a light touch statement or are we in for a raft of further changes? How will the changes impact individual taxpayers? More …

Community foundations – a new solution to charitable gifts?

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By leaving a gift to a community foundation in your Will, you can contribute to a range of small charities in your local area – ones that often get overlooked. More …

Should I leave a gift in my Will to help my grandchild get on to the property ladder?

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Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central and the current housing minister, recently suggested that grandparents should consider leaving an inheritance to their grandchildren to help them get on to the property ladder. More …

Countdown to the 2017 non-dom changes: How will you be affected?

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The post-Brexit rumour that the government would shelve, or at least postpone, the planned changes to the taxation of non-doms next year was, in fact, only a pipe dream. More …