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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)

New Tax Year, New You

April 06, 2018 | Wills and Probate

The new tax year started this morning and below is a highlight of important changes you need to be aware of. Income Tax The personal allowance has increased to £11,850, meaning that one can now earn £987.50 per month before paying any income tax. The basic rate band has also increased from up to £33,500(Read more)

Lasting Power of Attorney Registration Fee Refunds: Are You Entitled?

March 09, 2018 | Wills and Probate

If you applied to register your Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in England and Wales between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you should be able to claim back part of the application fee. In April 2017, the fee to register an LPA (or EPA) was reduced to(Read more)

Power of Attorney System in England and Wales: Attacked by Retired Senior Judge

September 18, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Retired Senior Judge at the Court of Protection Denzil Lush has warned of the lack of safeguards in the Power of Attorney system in England and Wales. In comments made to the BBC Mr Lush warned that lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) may leave elderly people open to financial abuse and can have a ‘devastating(Read more)

Where There’s a Will, There’s Not Always a Way…

August 17, 2017 | Wills and Probate

A Will is undoubtedly one of the most important legal documents any of us should write. The absence of a Will, or the presence of a sub-standard Will, can cause serious complications for loved ones, at what is already an extremely difficult time. The purpose of a Will is not just to ensure your daughter(Read more)

Making Tax Digital: Consultation Period on Penalties

May 16, 2017 | Wills and Probate

Making Tax Digital:  Consultation period on penalties for late online submissions and the payment of tax   In the Budget proposals for 2015, the government set out their plans for a modernised tax system and the end of filing tax returns each year.  At that time the government announced it would improve the service it(Read more)