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16 May 2019 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

Care fees and your home – what can you do?

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For many, owning a home is a result of a life’s hard work which they hope to pass on to loved ones after death. It can come as a shock to realise that their home may need to be sold to fund their care at a care home. Care funding can seem like a complicated area to get to grips with so we explain the key areas in more detail.

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3 January 2019 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

Deathbed weddings – why are they becoming more common for cohabiting couples?

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There has been a recent increase in cohabiting couples marrying at the last minute. So-called ‘deathbed weddings’ are to ensure that the surviving partner receives financial support when their spouse dies. The problem is that cohabiting couples are not treated the same as couples who are married or in a Civil Partnership, and could therefore suffer some shocking consequences as a result.

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22 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

Planning for retirement?

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Retirement has been changing; with longer life expectancy, changing working habits and older generations increasingly assisting younger generations. For those planning their futures, it can be essential to take estate planning advice, make Lasting Powers of Attorney and keep an up to date Will.

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4 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

80% inheritance tax bill? Setting the story straight

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The Telegraph published an article in December entitled “Inheritance tax shocker: Some families will pay 80pc”. Be assured, there is no 80% inheritance tax rate, and this “shocker” only applies in very limited circumstances.

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20 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Private Client

The Bank of Nan and Grandad – why discretionary trust Wills may be worth thinking about

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At the recent Conservative Party Conference the housing minister, Gavin Barwell, suggested that parents should pass their assets on to their grandchildren, not their children because younger people “are less likely to own their own home and we need to do something about that”. John Pengilley suggests that a discretionary trust Will may be a better solution.

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