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The Cost of Residential Care

19th February 2019

The government has recently opted to leave charging thresholds for residential care as they are for the ninth consecutive year. Consequently, the lower and upper capital limits remain at £14,250 and £23,250 respectively. This means that whilst those with assets of less than £14,250 do not have to pay... read more

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Drafting a Power of Attorney

5th February 2019

Giving someone the power to deal with your affairs can be a good idea, but if the document isn’t drafted carefully it can lead to expensive financial and administrative problems. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the document which gives someone the authority to deal with your financial... read more

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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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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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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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Long Term Care Reform

29th July 2013

Long Term Care Reform Following the Government’s announcement to implement a new funding model for adult social care, the ‘Dilnot Cap’ on care costs has received a great deal of news coverage. There are three key elements of the new reforms which, if approved by parliament, will be implemented... read more

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