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
Letting your family know what you want to happen when you pass away is the final gift you can give them. If you are not clear about how you want your money to be split, especially if you have more complex wishes such as uneven distributions, or have stepchildren, then how do you expect your
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
Each year around 25,000 estates in the UK have to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT), but a further 250,000 also have to jump through onerous and time-consuming hoops to establish that they do not. The job of gathering every last detail of a friend or relative’s financial affairs, requiring as many as 25 different forms to be completed, is a real labour of love. However,
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
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) allow you to appoint an individual to act as your legal representative in the event of declining mental health or injury. Whilst LPAs are vitally important documents and critical to your financial planning, it is estimated that less than 1% of the British public have one. In contrast, 40% of
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
You have worked hard all your life, built up substantial assets, and simply want to pass these down to your children and grandchildren to give them a helping hand in life once you have gone. It is a common goal we hear when speaking with clients. However, as with many things in life, it is
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
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