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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

Posted in: Estate Planning, Inheritance Tax

Acting as an Attorney

6th December 2017

The number of people making use of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) has increased enormously in recent years. In fact, according to data from a Freedom of Information request, the number of LPAs has increased threefold since 2010. This is undoubtedly a good thing; LPAs allow someone to nominate... read more

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What can Legacy Giving do for your Tax Bill?

4th December 2017

Who are you going to leave money to in your Will? Your spouse or partner is probably first in line, any children or extended members of the family may pop up here and there too. But what about charity? Thousands of people every year choose to leave a gift... read more

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Before You Forget…

14th March 2017

Considering what will happen if you or your partner becomes unable to make decisions for themselves due to old-age memory issues or dementia can be an uncomfortable thought: At breakfast this morning, a woman said to her husband: “My memory is getting really poor, I went upstairs yesterday to... read more

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Should I be Trusting?

There are many positives to creating a trust. They can help you reduce your tax burden and protect your intended beneficiaries. However, there are many different types of trust and understanding the differences between them will help you establish which is right for your circumstances. Discretionary trust With a... read more

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How do you safeguard your digital assets when you die?

23rd August 2016

The internet has grown significantly over the past two decades and unsurprisingly legislation has struggled to keep pace with all the challenges this creates. In the pre-internet age, it was easy for people to leave their possessions to their nearest and dearest but now, leaving digital assets has become... read more

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Creating a valid Will for your children

22nd August 2016

Whether you are sending your child to school for the first time this September, or they are going into their second, third or fourth year, most parents feel apprehensive. Doing everything to protect your child comes naturally but protection comes in many different forms. Now is the time to... read more

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