24.07.19

Inheritance Tax is too complicated. It needs to be simplified

Inheritance Tax (IHT) has been described as ‘fiendishly complex’. A new report by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) offers 11 recommendations for simplifying it. When even the chancellor describes a tax as “particularly complex”, it’s a sure sign it … Find out more »

09.07.19

Step-sisters’ inheritance hangs on whose parent died first

Which of two step-sisters receives a £300,000 inheritance rests on a judge’s opinion of whose parent died first, in a cautionary tale for parents yet to draft a Will. In October 2016, John Scarle, 79, and Ann Scarle, 69, both … Find out more »

Category Archives: Choosing an Executor

Local Citizens advice offices report increase in queries on intestate wills

The Citizens Advice Bureau have reported that the number of queries on intestate wills – which is the term for those of us who die without making a will – has doubled in number over the last 5 years. The … Find out more »

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Facebook lets users appoint ‘heir’ to manage account when they die

Facebook is rolling out its “Legacy contacts” feature in the UK, allowing users to appoint an “online executor” of their profile to decide what happens to it after  they die. The legacy contact will be able to administer the page … Find out more »

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Duties of an Executor

The duties of an Executor are extensive and it is therefore important to think carefully about who would be best placed to act as an Executor to your Will.  We have put together a simplified list below in order to guide you … Find out more »

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Bank’s Executor Fees

Did you know that you (as a beneficiary) can ask a bank to stand down from acting as Executor to a will if it is felt that the fees are too high? Banks can demand very high fees for executing … Find out more »

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