Wills, probate, tax and trusts

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 …

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 …