What happens at a Will review?

We suggest that most people should review their Wills at least every 5 years. If there has been a change in your financial or family circumstances we recommend that you review your Will immediately. You may have received a call from us asking if you would like a review meeting and perhaps you are wondering what…

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Why Executors may be in for a nasty shock

What are the dangers of acting as an Executor? Most people are not aware that acting as an Executor of a Will carries with it many personal liabilities. For example, if you’ve distributed all the money and then a creditor or long lost relative comes forward, you can be personally liable to pay the debts.…

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One thing to do before you die (and it’s not making a Will)

Being a Will Writer Part of what makes my job as a writer of Wills so wonderful is getting to know my clients. We have no clocks in our meetings, sorting out your Will will take as long as it takes because we charge fixed fees. By taking the time to hear what makes people…

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Making Will Writing Part of your Financial Practice (CPD available)

We have partnered with IFAs, mortgage brokers and accountants for the last 13 years. We believe we understand their needs, and how Wills and Estate Planning can help them grow their businesses. We have also helped many of them incorporate Will writing into their businesses while providing CPD at the same time. Our Training (eligible…

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Why the taxman likes Death in Service benefits

Many of our clients are worth more dead than alive. We find this fact to be completely unfair. HMRC, who collect Inheritance Tax, might take a different view. Life insurance is the culprit in many cases – the one kind of insurance that you hope never to make a claim on. However, we often overlook…

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Holby City Hospital and Lasting Powers of Attorney

BBC1’s Casualty is a little bit like a live training session for our profession. Any series set in a hospital is bound to include scenarios where death or unconsciousness are never far away. The relevance of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney is often brought home. Last Saturday’s episode was no different, featuring the rather…

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Cost of registering an LPA to fall significantly

  The Office of the Public Guardian has announced that the cost of registering a Lasting Power of Attorney is to be significantly reduced from 1st April. An LPA allows you to appoint people to make decisions for you if you cannot make them yourself. They can avoid your family having to make a costly…

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The new Inheritance Tax rules – It’s Time to Review your Will

What you need to know From April this year some homeowners will be entitle to an additional £100,000 free of Inheritance Tax. As the allowance is transferable between spouses and Civil Partners, this can effectively mean that couples have an allowance £200,000. When added to existing allowances they could leave assets worth up to £850,000…

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If your child gets divorced will they lose their inheritance?

Recent research by Investec Investment & Wealth suggests that 30% of adults are unwilling to pass their money on to their children in case they get divorced and the money leaves the family. We have heard people telling us this for many years. With the divorce rate in England at around 42%, it might be…

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Silver Lining Wins Award for second year running

We at Silver Lining Estate Planning, are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded Best Estate Planner – East Anglia in the 2016 AI Magazine Legal Awards. These awards are given to commend outstanding work throughout the legal world during the past 12 months and recognise excellence within specialist areas of the law.  Nominated by…

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