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Living together? Then you should make a will

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Around six million people in the UK are living with a partner and the number looks set to keep growing.

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Court cases highlight need for LPAs

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Around 12,000 families a year are running up legal bills and facing delays in sorting out financial and health issues when their relatives become incapacitated, according to newly published research.

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HMRC v The Executors of Lord Henderskelfe (2014)

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The Court of Appeal published its eagerly awaited judgement in April in the case of HMRC v The Executors of Lord Howard of Henderskelfe (deceased) ([2014] EWCA Civ 278).

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Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 expected to commence in Autumn

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The Inheritance and Trustee’s Powers Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and is expected to come into force in October.

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Five tips to ease your inheritance tax bill

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The weekend press reports highlighted that one likely effect of the recovering economy and rise in house prices will be to increase by a third the number of families potentially facing an inheritance tax (IHT) bill. The current IHT threshold of £325,000 was originally set in April 2009, where it is expected to stay until 2019. While it is difficult to avoid IHT altogether, its impact can be eased by following some basic rules.

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A Lasting Power of Attorney – as important as making a will

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An anticipated rise in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia means that older people should think carefully about putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), even if it is never needed.

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Passing on your assets to the next generation – not always as easy as it sounds

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If you care about what happens to your assets after you die, you should make a will. Without one, your intended wishes for how your estate is to be distributed and who it should be distributed to, may not be adhered to.

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Think tank calls for inheritance tax reform

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A leading think tank has warned that inheritance tax (IHT) paid in the next few years could reach its highest level in more than four decades.

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Modern families mean modern problems for inheritance

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The Sunday Telegraph recently reported a rise in inheritance disputes due to increasing numbers of couples who choose to cohabit without marrying. The diverse range of family relationships seen now have contributed to a significant increase in inheritance disputes over the last 10 years. Problems that arise highlight the importance of making a Will and organising your affairs.

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Life after the Budget

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The Budget was announced on 19 March and Chancellor George Osborne made savers the centre of attention, saying they “deserved help” for their lifetime of hard work as he unveiled plans which will enable them to keep more of their own money.

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Need to buy an annuity? Really??

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When Chancellor George Osborne said, in his “Pensioners’ Budget” on 19 March, “Let me be clear.  No-one will have to buy an annuity”, he was far from alone in appearing to believe that this was still a legal requirement for members of defined-contribution pension schemes.

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“That” Budget and Auto-Enrolment

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I could hardly produce a Pensions Update and not say anything about auto-enrolment, after all. Every one of us is going to be engaged in the next year or so in going through the auto-enrolment procedure, whether as an employee or an employer. But how does the “pensioner’s Budget” affect that?

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