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Warning: Probate fees increase

A controversial increase in probate application fees has moved a step closer to being introduced, after being narrowly approved at a parliamentary committee hearing earlier this month. The fee, which is currently £155 when using a solicitor and £215 when people apply directly, will now be applied on a sliding scale according to the value …

Warning: Probate fees increase

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New Year Resolutions You Should Keep

We are all “so over” the New Year rush of resolutions.  Gym visits may be wavering, cooking from scratch has fallen foul of ready meals and the new life planner remains unopened….. Why do we do it to ourselves?  – year in year out – set ourselves up for failure? Well, let me help you …

New Year Resolutions You Should Keep

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Equity Release – a good idea or not?

Equity release, where a person aged 55 or over is able to release cash from their home and continue living there, seems to be very much back in favour.  The money may be taken as a lump sum or in several smaller amounts or both.  In simple terms, the home owner retains ownership of their …

Equity Release – a good idea or not?

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Cohabiting siblings could win same treatment as married couples

This month Prime Minister Theresa May announced that heterosexual couples will be able to enter into civil partnerships, giving them substantial tax benefits. It could open the way for cohabiting siblings to also receive the same treatment, pending a proposed change in the law. Ms May’s announcement follows a Supreme Court ruling in June this …

Cohabiting siblings could win same treatment as married couples

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Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

Rik Mayall, comedian and actor, did not have a valid Will in place when he died in June 2014.  He died “intestate” meaning his £1.2 million estate could have paid inheritance tax which could have been avoided with the right Will in place.  Under the intestacy law, a significant part of Rik’s estate, as a …

Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

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Funerals: to plan or not to plan

Funeral planning is a subject most of us veer away from.  However some spend a great deal of time planning. News this week has hi-lighted the Co-op’s plans to offer a cut price funeral (click here for article).   I arranged such a funeral for a client – a cremation without any form of service or …

Funerals: to plan or not to plan

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