Wills, probate, tax and trusts

Strange bequests in Wills and how legacies can be left 'open' to a charities choice

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Most Wills are pretty unexciting documents, but occasionally we hear of an odd bequest someone has made which provide a little more entertainment. Our expert explains the rights of a charity who have been left money for a specific purpose. More …

Charitable legacies – how deeds of variation can help make a bequest

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Leaving a legacy in your Will can be a thoughtful way to support a charity that has been important to you, and many charities rely heavily on legacies left in Wills for their survival. But if a loved one dies without leaving a legacy to a charity in their Will, is it too late? More …

Is legacy charitable giving increasing?

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Figures from UK Fundraising show that only 7% of the population leave a legacy to a charity in their Will, despite 35% saying they would consider doing so. Our expert explains the reasons behind this. More …

Which charity would you choose to remember?

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Your university, school, or a cause close to your heart – If you were to leave a gift to charity in your Will, which charity would you choose? More …

A leading authority questions the use of a Lasting Power of Attorney – our view

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Denzil Lush, a recently retired senior judge has condemned the Ministry of Justice for promoting Lasting Powers of Attorneys and has vowed never to sign one himself. Our expert explores his view and advises on the benefits of having an LPA in place. More …

Lasting Powers of Attorney: practical pitfalls – part 2: business interests

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Lots of people know what a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is and how it can help, especially in the sad but increasingly common scenario whereby a friend or family member has lost capacity to understand and make their own decisions. More …

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Practical pitfalls

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In part one of our 'practical pitfalls' blog, we consider the making of an LPA or acting as an attorney, what obstacles might you need to overcome. More …

Making of Wills to be brought in to 21st Century

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The Law Commission is discussing proposals to bring Will-making into the 21st century. One day you might be able to use your smartphone to record your wishes and instructions about what will happen to your estate when you die. More …

The rise and fall of Inheritance Tax

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How will Inheritance Tax affect your plans to downsize your home? The government has advised that the Nil Rate band amount will be frozen at £325,000 until tax year 2020/21. Our expert explains the impact this will have on home owners. More …

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 …