The Benefits of Lasting Powers of Attorney

The Benefits of Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent Law Society blog by the Society’s Private Client Section member, Jane Cassell, focused on why everyone should make arrangements to put lasting power of attorney in place. Lasting power of attorney (LPA) can cover two areas—property and financial affairs, and...
DWP announces change to funeral expenses claim processing

DWP announces change to funeral expenses claim processing

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that families will find it easier to get help to pay for funerals, thanks to a change to speed up funeral expenses payment claims. Until now, funeral expense payment claims couldn’t be processed until there was a...
Simplifying the design of inheritance tax

Simplifying the design of inheritance tax

This is the title of a report issued by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) at beginning of July.  It is in fact the second report issued by the OTS on inheritance tax but the first related purely to the administration and is not the sort of thing of great interest...
What to do when a loved one dies

What to do when a loved one dies

When someone close to you passes away, it can be difficult to know what exactly needs to be done in the immediate aftermath from an administrative point of view.  This guide is designed to help you navigate the process in a methodical way. Getting hold of their WillIf...
Revocable Trusts, Living Trusts and Family Settlements

Revocable Trusts, Living Trusts and Family Settlements

There are many trusts names / types that are frequently quoted to us by people who tell us that they have read about them on the Internet, in a newspaper article, heard about them from a friend in the pub or at the dinner table. Normally we are told that this is the...
How can I avoid inheritance tax?

How can I avoid inheritance tax?

Trying to find ways to avoid Inheritance Tax (IHT) has become an everyday question in recent years. IHT avoidance is largely driven by the property market over the last 30 years, now more and more people have assets over the thresholds and are trying to find solutions...