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Can a dementia sufferer make or alter a Will?

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While your first thought might be “no”, a recent case has re-confirmed that it is not that clear cut.

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Making a Will fit for a Prince

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The untimely death of Prince in April left shockwaves throughout the music world. Unfortunately, news that he may have died without making a Will (i.e intestate) means that the administration of his estate may become even more of a story as time passes. Currently his estate has been placed under the administration of the Bremer corporate trust company while relatives and lawyers search for a Will.

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Court of Protection strips sons of Power of Attorney

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Obvious tensions between two men who had previously been appointed to oversee their elderly mother’s finances meant that they were no longer capable of acting as attorneys, a Judge recently ruled.

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When enough is enough

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This week the Telegraph reported the recent decision in the estate of Ian Wooldridge. It is believed that, possibly for the first time, a claim by a widow under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 has been dismissed by the court without any award being made.

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Numbers paying IHT set to hit 35-year high

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The number of families paying Inheritance Tax (IHT) continues to soar, new figures suggest.

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Sizeable majority neglect Court of Protection

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A new report has revealed that an overwhelming majority of adults have not made the necessary provisions for old age.

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Autumn Statement – a private client summary

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In contrast to July’s Budget, the Autumn Statement contains very little in relation to personal taxation. Of particular note are the following points:

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Why homeowners need a Lasting Power of Attorney

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A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for property and financial affairs is a document that allows you to nominate another person to make decisions about your property and finances in the event that you are not able to do so yourself.

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Tax planning or tax avoidance? Deeds of variation under review

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In his pre-election budget of April 2015, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the Government will review the ongoing availability of deeds of variation. A consultation was consequently launched, which could potentially lead to significant changes to inheritance tax mitigation.

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Councils must do more to keep families informed of care costs

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A study has concluded that families are paying too much for relatives’ care “all too often.” Detailed research, carried out by the Local Government Ombudsman, found that in many cases families were being denied the information they need to make an informed decision about the best option for their loved ones.

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Discuss death over tea & cake – the rise of the Death Cafe

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It’s usually a very private topic that not many people want to think about, let alone discuss with others; that topic is death. And dying. And anything else in that morbid category usually left only to ‘industry’ professionals such as solicitors, accountants, doctors and funeral directors.

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Finer details of Inheritance Tax changes held up to scrutiny

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As the dust settles on the Summer Budget, experts are starting to pick over the details of the Chancellor’s shake-up of Inheritance Tax (IHT) laws.

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