Making a gift to your family and friends while you are alive can be a good way to reduce the value of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes, ensuring those closest to you benefit from a lifetime of your hard work. Estate and tax planning is a complex area and professional financial advice can help
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
“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
When businesses are set up initially, it is often done in a fuzzy haze of optimism, blind faith, and self-belief. However, further down the line, a healthy dose of realism needs to be injected into the heady mix. In this article, we explore what happens if one of the owners dies, and how to protect
The rules have now changed on how ISAs can be passed on to spouses and civil partners upon death. These rules now allow for a Continuing Account of a Deceased Investor (CADI), which improves the rules on Additional Permitted Subscriptions (APS). The process of inheriting these assets is now simpler and more tax-efficient, meaning fewer
Finances play a critical role in life throughout. Many decisions are dictated by the state of our finances, so having good financial planning is one of the most effective tools in achieving the life that you truly want. As we go through life our lifestyles and priorities shift and so do our financial planning requirements.
By the time you get to your 30’s, you are probably starting to realise where your career is going, and how things are going to pan out from a financial point of view. It’s a time where your parent’s words that you would never have as much money as you had in your 20’s suddenly has
Wills. Something that we put to the back of our minds. Something to sort out later on when you are old and grey. As it has been said, the only certainties in life are death and taxes – and a certain Mr. Trump has shown that even taxes may be optional. So, we get back
Currently, there are around 3.3 million unmarried cohabiting couples in the UK. Yet most legislation focuses mainly upon protecting married couples when it comes to estate planning, meaning that many cohabiting couples face large Inheritance Tax (IHT) charges on both first and second death. This is because unmarried couples do not benefit from spousal exemptions
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