Wills, probate, tax and trusts

Election causes delay to non-dom tax changes

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Many non-doms have wisely spent the last few months gearing up for substantial changes to UK tax legislation, which were expected to come into force this month. But, the government has now announced a delay enacting some areas of the Finance Bill 2017, which includes these changes. More …

New probate court fees to be abandoned… for now

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The Ministry of Justice has abandoned its controversial plans to substantially increase probate fees. More …

Marriage and divorce – how will these life events affect my Will?

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Marriage and divorce can affect your Will in different ways so it is important to make sure that your Will is still going to take effect in the manner intended. More …

Decrease in registration fees for powers of attorney

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From the 1st April 2017, the cost of registering a Lasting Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney will decrease. But why have an attorney in place and what happens if you don’t? More …

SDLT 3% surcharge on inherited properties

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The 3% stamp duty land tax (SDLT) surcharge can now apply to additional residential properties including those inherited. More …

English and Welsh grants of probate for non-domiciles

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The non-doms taxation reforms in 2017/18 mean that non-domiciled individuals owning property in the UK, whether in their own name or through a trust or company, will be subject to inheritance tax on that property. More …

Probate court fees and parking spaces – spot the difference!

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The rise in probate court fees is a wealth tax by any other name, deemed affordable at a vulnerable time, on death. It has been brought in as a fee, however, to avoid both the parliamentary scrutiny rightly required for tax and the PR fallout for politicians who do not want to be known for raising taxes. More …

Care home fees: can costs be avoided?

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Increasing care costs and social care is an issue for a lot of families. How can you protect the assets of elderly relatives whilst trying to make sure that the upmost levels of care are available to them? Read our blog to find out. More …

Electronic signatures – the future for Lasting Powers of Attorney?

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Could electronic signatures on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) be a thing of the future? If so, what are the pitfalls of signing such a legal document electronically? More …

Probate court fees set to increase to as much as £20,000 per application

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Government consultations have confirmed that probate court fees will be imminently restructured to incorporate a 'sliding scale' – lower value estates may have no fee whatsoever, whilst those in excess of £2m may suffer a £20,000 fee. More …