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 »

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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 »

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A Digital Death

The internet has grown fast over the past two decades – nearly as fast as those pesky Pokémon pop up – and unsurprisingly the law has struggled to keep pace with all the challenges this creates. In the pre-internet age, … Find out more »

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Increase in Probate Fees

With all the news surrounding Brexit you may have not read that the government is proposing a new tiered system of probate fees in England and Wales, based on the value of the deceased’s estate, rather than the current flat … Find out more »

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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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Change of the Law in Inheritance Tax ..

A change in the law around Inheritance Tax is a timely reminder to people – and their professional advisers – about the importance of reviewing their affairs regularly. Inheritance tax is always a tricky issue and now people are being … Find out more »

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Lessons to be learnt from celebrity wills

Two-thirds of adults in the UK have not yet made a will, if you die without one, your assets will be divided according to the rules of Intestacy. These were updated last October, but it’s still the case that unmarried partners … Find out more »

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Probate & Wills Industry News Round-up

As a monthly round-up of news in the Probate & Wills industry we have selected the following articles and stories. They all show the need to stay fully up to date with legislation and news in the industry to ensure … 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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News from The Probate Practice Survey

Three in ten people aged over 60 do not have a will, according to research carried out by the Probate Practice. Dying intestate (without a will) means that you have no say over what happens to your estate, ie the … Find out more »

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The importance of considering your business in your will

If you own a business, careful consideration should be taken to ensure that your business is adequately provided for should you become seriously ill or die. It is important to draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney whereby you appoint … Find out more »

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