Author archives: Sam Hudson

February 24 , 2022 / Posted by Sam Hudson / General / , ,  /

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way to have a family argument

The rise of blended families, where people have multiple marriages and children with different partners, means that the inheritance arena has changed considerably.  From the traditional family setup to now including stepparents, stepchildren, divorced parents, and siblings with large age gaps, writing your Will just got a whole lot trickier. Many people assume that their

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HMRX Nets £254m from Inheritance Tax Investigations

Taxpayers are exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) if the value of their estate is below a threshold of £325,000, or £650,000 under a joint allowance, or if the estate is left to a spouse, civil partner, a charity or a community amateur sports club. In the wake of massive pandemic-related spending, HMRC netted £254m in

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Willing Wisdom Update

You might recall that we wrote an article in October last year about our Willing Wisdom campaign to make sure your family knows what you want to happen when you pass away. At Foresight, we are one of a handful of advisers who have acquired the Willing Wisdom Index to help clients plan.  The index

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October 26 , 2021 / Posted by Sam Hudson / General /

Stamp Duty Holiday

The Stamp Duty holiday finally ended on 30 September 2021, after being phased out over the summer.  The tax break was originally introduced in England in July 2020, as the first national lockdown came to an end, to shore up the housing market.  It was split into two phases.  Between July 2020 and June 2021 there was no tax to pay

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Buying into the Cryptocurrency fantasy

Everyone has been talking about it. Cryptocurrency. It has gone mad!  Just over a year ago, one Bitcoin was worth just over $10,000.  Since then, it has peaked at over $60,000, dropped to nearly $30,000, and, this week, reached a new peak of over $66,000. You can easily be forgiven for feeling like you have

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Cashflow Forecasting – Better than a Crystal Ball

A client once remarked that it would be good if we had a crystal ball for their finances.  A good point well made, so we went and bought one from Amazon, which still sits on a windowsill in the office.  It looks good but has never proved to be entirely reliable. Cashflow forecasting, on the

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Is my children’s inheritance protected if I remarry?

It is a sombre thought to think about what happens to your family once you are gone, or what happens should your spouse pass away prematurely.  However, with increasing life expectancy, many more are shunning widowhood and are instead searching for a new partner with which to enjoy a later-life romance. Marriage rates for over-65s

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Wills are not just for old people

“I’ll do them when I am older.”  If I had a pound for every time that I had heard that phrase when asking about Wills, then I would be significantly more wealthy.  Unfortunately, as we all know, there are only 2 certainties in life – and suddenly taxes seem the more appealing. As the pandemic

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The Stealth Tax Trap

The bill for COVID is coming, make no mistake about it. Yet, in a clever game of political smoke and mirrors, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak served up some hope in the Budget, freezing personal and corporation tax bands rather than increasing tax rates as originally mooted. All seems to be well until you

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Estate Planning – working with Professional connections.

At Foresight, we like to think that we are experts in what we do – financial planning. However, one of the most important things to know as a professional is not only where your expertise starts but, even more importantly, where it ends. This is why we have a network of trusted professional connections in

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