Author: Natalie Payne

The seven-year inheritance tax rule, explained

Inheritance Tax is a complicated subject. From gifts and trusts to thresholds and reliefs, working out how much tax you might leave behind is no easy feat.

MP calls for bereavement reforms to support grieving families

More than 92,000 people have called for bereavement reforms which could speed up and simplify end-of-life account closure processes.

Handwritten ‘DIY’ Will rejected by High Court

A handwritten do-it-yourself (DIY) Will indicating that a father’s inheritance should be shared between all of his heirs has been rejected by the High Court, it has been revealed.

Funeral costs reach record levels, annual study reveals

The average funeral in the UK now costs a record £9,263, a major study has revealed.

Bankrupt who failed to declare inheritance handed six month suspended prison sentence

A bankrupt who transferred his father’s inheritance to his wife to avoid paying tax debts has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence, it has been revealed.

Record number of adults plan to leave charitable legacy, study reveals

A record number of adults are planning to write a gift to charity in their Will or have already done so, a major study has revealed.

HMCTS to clear probate case backlog by 2021, report suggests

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has this month published an overview of how the department plans to reduce the probate backlog and ensure bereaved families can close estates as soon as possible.

Over-50s shift inheritance plans to support family during pandemic

A significant number of over-50s have changed their inheritance plans to support loved ones through the coronavirus pandemic, a major study has revealed.

The importance of a Will arising from a surrogacy arrangement

Entering into a surrogacy arrangement is a process that takes a lot of legal consideration and specialist legal advice, and a new Will a key document to put in place before the child is born.

Inheritance dispute: Daughter could lose £260,000 home

A daughter could lose the £260,000 home which she was awarded in a divorce settlement following a legal battle with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) over a legacy agreement in her father’s Will.