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The UK – on its Way Out of Brexit?

16th January 2019

As expected, the House of Commons has voted against the government’s Brexit proposal. What was unexpected was the margin of defeat which has, in essence, forced the government to enter into cross-party discussions over what proposal Parliament should next vote on. In the meantime, the Labour party has proposed... read more

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Your 2019 Financial Planning Checklist

10th January 2019

A new year offers a useful opportunity to consider your finances, ensuring they are in good shape to see you through 2019 and beyond. To help here is my checklist if you are looking to make the most of your financial planning this year: 1) Don’t forget your HMRC... read more

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Brexit – Anything is Possible

10th December 2018

The political cyclone of Brexit reaches another supposedly climactic point this Tuesday. At 7pm GMT, the House of Commons is due to vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, and Political Declaration agreed by the EU and UK Prime Minister May in November. The omens do not look good for her;... read more

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How to avoid a dispute over your Will

18th November 2018

As the number of disputed inheritances increase, it has never been more important to have a properly drafted Will in place. Recent reports are demonstrating that the amount of people writing an up to date Will is steadily increasing. In 2017, 39% of individuals in Great Britain had a... read more

Posted in: Estate Planning, Inheritance Tax

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

Posted in: Estate Planning, Inheritance Tax

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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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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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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Should I be Trusting?

14th March 2017

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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