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Gift Aid: It Can Help You Too

September 25, 2018 | Wills and Probate

  ‘Gift Aid’ is a term that most of us will be familiar with. From the sponsorship form handed round the office, entries to stately homes, to donating old clothes to a charity shop, we are often asked if we want to tick the Gift Aid box. This donation supersizer allows you to add up(Read more)

So, Have You Sorted Out Your Will Yet?

September 20, 2018 | Wills and Probate

“So, have you sorted out your Will yet?” Now that is a difficult question to respond to. Wills are a very personal affair and sometimes it can feel very difficult to speak to someone and lay your life out on paper. It can be difficult as well to validate the cost.  There’s always something more(Read more)

The Presumption Against Double Portions

September 03, 2018 | Wills and Probate

It is often the case that a testator or testatrix will, during their lifetime, assist one or more of their children with paying the school fees of their grandchildren and in these circumstances it is important to consider including a provision in their Will as to whether these payments are to be brought into account(Read more)

Cost of Applying to be a Deputy is Reduced from 25 July 2018

July 27, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Court Fee for applying to be appointed as a Deputy for a relative or friend who has lost mental capacity is being reduced to £385 from 25 July 2018. This is, therefore, an appropriate time to consider making a Deputy application if a loved-one has lost the ability to manage his or her own(Read more)

Private Residence Relief - 5 Key Points

July 19, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Holmes and Rahe stress scale is a list of the 43 most stressful life events, and at no. 33 is moving house – with trouble with your boss and your spouse stopping work right up there too. Presumably, the 2018 World Cup is no. 1! There is enough to think about when moving house,(Read more)

The World Cup of Wills

July 16, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The football World Cup has sadly come to an end for another 4 years (or 4½ years, to be precise, with the announcement that Qatar 2022 will be the first ‘winter’ World Cup, taking place in November and December 2022). Watching the thousands of fans from at least 32 different nationalities mixing freely in cities(Read more)

HMRC Facing Tax Rebate Scams

July 04, 2018 | Wills and Probate

HMRC has warned people to be aware of fraudulent emails and text messages being received in relation to tax refunds, tricking people into providing personal details in order to obtain a tax rebate  Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, confirmed that HMRC would only inform tax payers about a rebate due through the post or(Read more)

Inheritance Tax Planning: Further Regulation Needed?

June 15, 2018 | Wills and Probate

Finding a person or organisation who you can trust is central to how many people choose their professional advisors.  BBC Radio 4’s Money Box  recently highlighted problems that arise when a person or organisation turn out to be not trustworthy. This episode focused on Universal Wealth Preservation, which was wound up earlier this year following a petition by(Read more)

Simplifying Tax: OTS Review of IHT

June 08, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The Office of Tax Simplification (or OTS for short) has launched a review into the complexity of the current Inheritance Tax legislation.  The OTS is the body established to review and recommend ways to simplify the UK taxation system. In 2009, a whopping 11,520 pages were estimated to make up UK taxation legislation.  The OTS(Read more)

Become a Dementia Friend: Join Us for Dementia Action Week 2018

May 15, 2018 | Wills and Probate

Become a Dementia Friend by attending this free information session run by HMG Law in Bicester.  You will find out more about disease and some techniques to assist with the challenges of living with dementia (whether you are the person with the diagnosis or a carer/friend/family member).  To book your place, please register via the(Read more)