Category Archives: Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

STEP and TEP – What are the benefits?

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), is an organisation devoted to improving public understanding of the issues families face in relation to inheritance and succession planning.  Promoting education and high professional standards among all of its members is … Read more

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Contesting a Will

With an ageing population, a dramatic increase in house prices and more complex family structures, will disputes are becoming increasingly common. Ben Wilson, an Associate at Forbes Solicitors specialising in Contentious Trusts and Probate, gives an overview of the various … Read more

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In defence of Lasting Powers of Attorney

Last week, a retired senior Court of Protection Judge, Denzil Lush commented that Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) leave vulnerable elderly people open to financial abuse.

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The Treasury reports record breaking collection of Inheritance Tax topping £5billion

Latest reports show that HMRC collected over £5.1bn in inheritance tax over the last year, which is the first time in history this figure has exceeded the £5bn mark. So why the increase? One of the main reasons can be … Read more

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What does the Conservative Manifesto mean for social care and the elderly?

Ahead of the general election in June, Teresa May has announced the Conservative manifesto which plans to introduce some new measures in respect of paying for care both at home and in a care home. Under the current system, if … Read more

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Planning for your future – using a professional #WhatCanYouDo

Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May) seeks to encourage people to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement. Part of that conversation is about planning ahead for the future, which can make the end of life experience a little … Read more

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No Lasting Power of Attorney in place – applying to the Court of Protection #WhatCanYouDo

Yesterday’s blog as for Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May) was about Lasting Powers of Attorney.  Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to talk about death, dying, bereavement and to plan for the future.  Sometimes, unfortunately, advance planning is not done.  … Read more

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The Two Types of Lasting Power of Attorney #WhatCanYouDo

As part of Dying Matters Awareness week (8-14 May) we are encouraging people to talk about dying and the importance of planning for later life. Unfortunately, situations can arise whereby people become unable to manage their own affairs, whether that … Read more

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The Various ‘Myths’ Around Making a Will #WhatCanYouDo

This week (8-14 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week and Forbes are blogging about issues surrounding death, dying and planning for your future. One important step to prepare for dying, death and bereavement is making a Will.  Many people put … Read more

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 #WhatCanYouDo

This week (8-14 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week, organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Most of us feel uncomfortable talking about dying, but by having these conversations, we … Read more

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