Wills, probate, tax and trusts

Can I protect my home from care home fees?

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The recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme "How to avoid the Dementia Tax" explored the "political hot potato" that is the provision of social care. An increasing number of elderly people are being forced to sell their homes to pay for care fees. With the number of 85 year olds set to double by 2030, this is a situation that is only going to get more critical. More …

What the 2017 Budget didn't say…

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Compared to recent years, Mr Hammond's Budget of November 2017 could be described as relatively benign, particularly given the relatively low impact it is likely to have on most households. But sometimes it is the unsaid that is more telling and we look at what might lie ahead in 2018. More …

“I Do” x 2 – succession planning on second marriages

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The Office of National Statistics reported that the UK's divorce rate has increased. But what happens to succession if someone decides they want to re-marry? Elya Jacobs from our Private Client team explains the law in this area. More …

Families who refuse organ donation remind us to speak out about our wishes

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Have you thought about what you would like to happen to your body after death? Our expert explains why you should talk to your friends and family now about organ donation. More …

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 …