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Our Wills and Probate solicitors regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

 

Inheritance tax - the latest facts and figures and three simple steps to reduce your tax

Adam Sym
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HMRC has released its latest publication on inheritance tax statistics. It shows that revenues continue to increase in respect of a tax which some consider to be unfair. HMRC collected a total of £5.2bn of inheritance tax in 2017-18. This is an 8%...

The importance of a Will for unmarried couples

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It is recommended that everyone has a valid Will in placed, in order to ensure that your estate passes in line with your wishes and your loved ones are provided for. This is crucial particularly for unmarried couples that wish to provide for each other...

Are we facing a dementia crisis and if so how can we plan for it?

Jill Rushton
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It is widely thought that the UK is heading towards a dementia crisis with millions of people failing to take steps to prepare for losing mental capacity, a solicitors organisation has warned. A recent report by Solicitors for the Elderly warns that...

Does GDPR give beneficiaries the right to be told they are named in a person's Will?

Rachelle Nuttall
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We have all been inundated with emails over the past few months with regard to the introduction of GDPR on 25 th May 2018. This was introduced by the EU to improve the data rights of EU residents and to ensure that data protection law was equal...

Losing a loved one

Charlotte Harris
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When a loved one passes away, it is a very difficult and upsetting time for friends and family. Coping with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, but there are some things that have to be done as soon as possible.  Firstly, not many...

Gift giving as an attorney or deputy

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As a ttorney or deputy, it is likely you will want to make gifts on behalf of the person you act for on special occasions like birthdays, weddings and at Christmas when they lack the capacity to do so. But be aware, you have limited authority to make...

Dementia awareness week 2018 - 21st-27th May

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With the upcoming Dementia Action Week this month, now is a good time to consider putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney. It is estimated that there are currently 850,000 people living in the UK with dementia and 38% of people in the UK know a...

How can a recent change to Inheritance Tax save you thousands?

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This tax year has seen a change for Inheritance Tax. If a person dies after 6 April 2018 and their estate is above the usual Inheritance Tax nil rate band threshold of £325,000, their estate could be entitled to an additional nil rate band of...

Can you afford NOT to have your Will professionally drafted?

Adam Sym
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We appreciate that there are more interesting things to spend your money on and that there seems to be a lot of affordable ways of making a Will . Perhaps you’ve bought a make-your-own package from your local shop, or had a family member help you...

Are homemade Wills a recipe for disaster?

Nicola Mawson
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A Will is potentially the most important document you will ever sign. Not only is it your final instruction for what will happen with everything you own and hold dear to you but it also tells the world after you have departed something about who you were...

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