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Unclaimed UK Estates May Total Billions

15th August 2018

According to the latest figures from the UK Government, there are currently 9,254 unclaimed estates in the UK. With the average value of an estate worth around £150,000, the amount of this unclaimed inheritance could total billions. Sadly this situation means that property, money, personal belongings and other assets... read more

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Inheritance Tax Revenue Breaks £5 Billion

13th August 2018

UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) revenues have broken the £5 billion mark, totalling a hefty £5.2 billion this year, up from a £4.7 billion last year. With an ageing population, increasing property values and fairly static allowances IHT revenues look set to grow and grow. Within the latest government report,... read more

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The Importance of Later Life Planning

8th August 2018

Whilst Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are rising in popularity, latest figures show that fewer than 1 in 10 adults have drawn up one of these important documents. An LPA is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your wishes, should you become unable to make financial... read more

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Understanding the role of a personal representative

27th June 2018

As you may be aware, the importance of appointing the right personal representatives of an estate reign high in order for wishes contained in the deceased’s Will to be fulfilled as smoothly as possible. However, merely granting someone as your personal representative should not be a tick-box exercise, but... read more

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Do I need more than one Will?

23rd May 2018

It would seem that the nature of Will writing does not necessarily accommodate for a globally mobile lifestyle, a lifestyle which is becoming increasingly common and one we help clients to financially negotiate every day. If you own assets in more than one jurisdiction, it can be difficult to... read more

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The pitfalls of DIY Wills

9th May 2018

Latest figures reveal only 59% of the UK have written a Will. Of those people, 6% have chosen to write a DIY Will. While there are some advantages to ‘create-your-own’ Wills, there are even more pitfalls. Here, we explore some of the reasons why DIY Wills may not be... read more

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The effect of marriage and divorce on your Will

23rd April 2018

According to latest data from the Office of National Statistics, there were 245,513 marriages and 107,071 divorces in England and Wales in 2017. Given these figures it is useful to consider what happens for the couples who already have Wills in place when their circumstances change. We take a... read more

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Common-Law Marriage – Will my Partner Benefit?

14th February 2018

The phrase ‘common-law marriage’ tends to be a familiar one and refers to a situation in which a couple is considered married, without having formally registered their relationship. When considering estate planning though there is a misconception that if you live with someone, your assets will simply pass to your... read more

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Combining Families – Tips for Writing a New Will

9th February 2018

When most couples write a new Will they tend to leave everything to their partner, especially if they have children. This is due to the common belief that on the surviving partner’s death everything will simply be passed to the offspring. In many cases this approach works well. However,... read more

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Can a Will be Challenged?

7th December 2017

A Will is the best possible way to ensure that your assets are distributed precisely according to your wishes after you pass away. Nonetheless, there are a number of different factors which can allow for it to be challenged. The main reason is a ‘lack of testamentary capacity’ –... read more

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