Wills, probate, tax and trusts

When families fall out and what it means on death…

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If you have had a falling out with a family member then you need to make sure you have created a Will. Even if you aren't on speaking terms, they could still inherit from you under the Intestacy Rules unless if you have not left a Will. More …

Lifetime gifts to children – don’t get caught out

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Making lifetime gifts to children can be sensible inheritance tax planning, however, there are plenty of non-tax related issues to think about too such as the presumption against double portions. More …

Conservative manifesto: Is the cost of living now more than the cost of dying?

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The question of funding care for the elderly was welcome among the five 'giant challenges' at the centre of Theresa May's speech launching the Conservative Party manifesto. More …

Silver-splitters – considerations if separating later in life

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With divorce rates in the over 50s, the so called “silver-splitters”, increasing faster than any other age group, we look at the issues that couples divorcing later in life may need to consider. More …

Protecting others with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Our blog looks at Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) when it comes to moving someone into a care home. More …

Dementia awareness: Understanding the condition and supporting the cause

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It's Dementia Awareness Week and our latest blog highlights some important facts about dementia and how leaving a legacy in your Will can help a charity trying to find a cure for dementia. More …

Dying matters: time to think about organ donation?

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Organ donation may not enter anyone's mind until it is to late. Should you wish to be an organ donor, it's worth thinking about now. Here is what you need to do to ensure your wishes are met. More …

Death and dying: It's good to talk

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Use this Dying Matters Awareness Week to talk with your loved ones about what you would like to happen after your death. Here are some things you might want to consider. More …

What to do when someone dies

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In the event of someone's death, what are the initial steps you should take? If you are in this situation, or you wish to help your family prepare for your death, the below guide should help. 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 …