Let’s not start Civil Partnering just yet

This week a The Supreme Court ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London. The couple were bidding for the right to become Civil Partners instead of having to get married. Currently, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 only applies to same-sex couples who are not closely related. So will the…

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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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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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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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How Estate Planning Can Change Lives

A study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has reminded me why I think estate planning is so important. The study found that people who were born in the 60s and 70s will be poorer than their parents – unless they inherit from them. I often discuss with my clients the massive difference that their…

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