Author: Jeffrey Cohen

What happens if I lose my mental capacity?

In life, we never really know what challenges might be around the corner, which is why it is important to plan ahead for all eventualities.

Rise in cost of probate delayed due to Brexit

Proposals to increase the costs associated with probate for families sorting out the wills of loved ones who have died have been delayed due to lack of Parliamentary time to debate the proposed fee increase as a result of Brexit debates, following a widespread backlash against their implementation.

Public are unaware of unregulated will writers

Six out of 10 consumers are unaware that will-writers are unregulated, although many people are interested in writing their own wills anyway, new research has found.

Britons at a loss when it comes to property inheritance tax

The lack of awareness around inheritance tax (IHT) in the UK has increased in the last year, with half (50 per cent) of liable over 45-year-olds admitting to being unaware their main property could be subject to IHT.

5.4 million Britons ‘do not know where to start’ when it comes to writing a Will

A new study published this week suggests that a staggering 5.4 million UK adults are ‘completely perplexed’ by Wills and ‘would not know where to start’ if they wanted to write one.

Findings of OTS Inheritance Tax review to be published ‘before the end of 2018’

An official review of Inheritance Tax (IHT) will be published before the end of the year, after Chancellor Philip Hammond bypassed the opportunity to address IHT in this week’s Budget, it has emerged.

Chancellor urged to consider ‘simplifying’ Inheritance Tax rules ahead of Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing fresh calls to consider Inheritance Tax (IHT) reforms ahead of the Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October.

Lasting Power of Attorney applications up two per cent year-on-year

New data published by the Office of the Public Guardian in recent days reveals that the number of people submitting Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications rose by two per cent year-on-year between April and June 2018.

Families failing to take advantage of the RNRB

A Freedom of Information (FoI) Act request has revealed that many UK families are not taking advantage of a recently-introduced Inheritance Tax (IHT) break which could otherwise save them thousands of pounds.

What happens if I don’t have a Will when I die?

Having a valid Will in place is essential for anyone who wants their estate to be passed on in line with their wishes. If a person dies without a Will in England and Wales, their estate passes on in accordance with the intestacy rules – which could have unwanted or unfavourable consequences for the wider…
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