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: Lasting power of attorney

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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Power of Attorney – Delays in LPA Applications

There are more long delays in processing LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) applications it has been revealed this week. England’s Office of the Public Guardian is currently taking an average of 14 weeks to process applications to register lasting powers … Find out more »

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News from The Probate Practice Survey

Probate is something people have to deal with at a difficult time in their lives, having just lost a loved one. But very few people actually have any experience of it. The Probate Practice surveyed 1,000 people online to discover … Find out more »

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