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3 September 2020 0 Comments Posted in News, Private Client

How to ease online banking probate headache

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Online banking and asset management creates probate headaches for lawyers and grieving families as they struggle to find bank and investment account details linked to an individual’s estate due to a lack of a paper trail.

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Tax and Trust changes afoot

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Partner and head of our Private Client team James McNeile examines two important notices issued this month: the first one signalling potential changes to taxation of chargeable gains, and the second concerning the final regulations regarding the UK Trust Register.

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24 March 2020 2 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client, Private Wealth

Will witnesses during the Coronavirus – does the requirement need to be waived to save time?

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As Coronavirus cases increase so does, understandably, the demand for will services. But, as self-isolation and social distancing requirements are raised, how is the way in which wills can be witnessed and processed likely to change? Should we be looking to the government to bring in new legislation to mirror the process of wills for those in the armed forces or merchant seamen at sea?

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23 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

Axing the Probate fee hike

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Controversial plans to increase probate fees have been scrapped by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland. The changes that were originally introduced by Theresa May would have increased administrative fees from £215 to £6,000 for the largest estates, raising an extra £185million a year for the government.

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12 July 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

Death and taxes: plans that impact the transfer of wealth

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This article first appeared in The Times on 11 July 2019.

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26 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in News

‘Dramatic change’ to tax deadline on the horizon for second home owners and landlords

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Second home owners, landlords and property investors are being urged to beware a ‘dramatic change’ to the current capital gains tax regime which will come into effect in April. The new rules mean that anyone selling a property after 6 …

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Non-UK residents now subject to tax on gains on commercial property

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A significant change to the taxation of non-UK residents came into effect on 6 April 2019 which means gains on all UK property* (commercial as well as residential) are subject to UK tax. Gains on disposals by individuals and companies will be within the scope of UK tax. The changes are wide reaching as the rules can apply to direct disposals but also to disposals of shares in property rich companies.

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17 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in News, Private Client

Royds Withy King’s Private Wealth recognised as one of the 2019 eprivateclient Top Law Firms

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We are delighted to announce our firm has been named as a leading private wealth law firm in the UK by leading industry publication, eprivateclient. The online publication, which provides the latest legal news, analysis and trends, surveys over 140 …

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13 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Private Client, Private Wealth

Tax and legal issues for emigration from the UK

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With the uncertainty around Brexit and talk of a potential general election, some are considering their options as to whether to remain in the UK or leave. We look at the some legal and tax issues that people may want to consider to make sure their affairs are in order in the UK before leaving.

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Reformed Tier 1 Investor visa rules could be difficult to meet for some

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High net worth investors looking to live in the UK face a tough new test as the changes to regulations surrounding the Tier 1 Investment visas have now been announced.

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25 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in News, Private Client

HMRC adds fizz to UK’s growing vineyards

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HMRC has raised a glass to owners of the UK’s growing number of vineyards, confirming that vineyards do qualify for agricultural property relief (APR) and are therefore potentially free from inheritance tax. HMRC updated its guidance in February to specifically …

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5 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in News, Private Client

Life Safe® could have prevented investors losing £140m after crypto trader’s death

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The founder, Gerald Cotten, of Canada’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX, has died leaving investors unable to access their digital currencies. Cotten died unexpectedly aged just 30 and apparently was the only person with the passwords needed to access investors’ digital …

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