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Where there's a will, there's a way

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When thinking of making a will, the idea of a Victorian lawyer taking down the last instructions at the bedside still springs to mind for many people. And the 19th century lawyer would find things pretty much as they were if they time travelled to...

Mental Capacity: Are you leaving it too late?

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We live in a society where health and wellness are “on trend”. People of all ages are doing more to look after their bodies; they are heading down to the gym and they are eating whatever “superfood” the media is suggesting. In...

The end of Wills as we know them?

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The Law Commission for England and Wales has released a consultation about possible reforms regarding the making of Wills claiming it should be brought into the ‘modern world’. The current law governing the drafting of a Will dates back to the...

Who acts as executor if there is no will?

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Around two-thirds of British adults do not have a Will and as many as a third of us die without leaving one. This is known as dying “intestate” and can leave the family, friends and other potential beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate in...

Life Interest Trust

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A Life Interest Trust should be considered if, for example: you want to protect your assets against care fees; you have children from a previous relationship and want to provide for your new spouse but also want to...

What are Lasting Powers of Attorney and why are they important?

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Studies show that only 5% of the population are prepared for mental capacity issues in the future. It is important to prepare for our future and as we get older the risk of developing dementia increases. Currently an estimated 850,000 people have been...

Are you making the most of the new Residence Nil-Rate Band?

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Introduced in April this year, the new Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) could save your estate as much as £140,000 in inheritance tax (IHT) if you pass your family home to your children on your death.

Spring Budget Watch

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The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which avoided headline-grabbing shake-ups and tax breaks in favour of economic stability.

When Time Forgets

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It is often said that ‘things are never lost – only misplaced’. So what happens if no one knows where a loved one's Will is stored, or more to the point whether they ever made a Will. At Gepp & Sons once we have advised our clients...

Why everyone should make a Will and consider funeral arrangements

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One of the few certainties in life is death. None of us like to think about our own passing, but failure to do so can create difficulties for those we leave behind.Despite the uncomfortable reality that death comes to us all, of the 51 million adults living...

Beware of new tax offences!

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The Finance Bill 2016 ("FB 2016") introduces three new criminal offences tackling tax evasion and avoidance Part 10 of the FB 2016 contains provisions for tackling tax avoidance and evasion, including three new criminal offences seeking to tackle...

Probate fees to rise "astronomically" for those with the biggest estates

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Obtaining a Grant of Probate from the court to deal with a deceased's affairs has long been fixed at either £155 or £215, for any estate worth more than £5,000. The Ministry of Justice now wants to increase these fees to as much as...

Finally presumed dead after 42 years!

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Lord Lucan is now presumed to be dead, a High Court judge has ruled. 42 years after the peer vanished a death certificate has finally been issues. He was declared dead in 1999, despite hundreds of unverified sightings, but the new ruling gives...

The rising cost of "paupers' funerals"

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The number of 'public health funerals' has risen by 11% in the past four years, according to a Freedom of Information request by the BBC. This 11% hike has by consequence seen a 30% increase in cost to local councils in holding these funerals,...

Son working for 10p an hour inherits £1m

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James Davies, 54, dedicated his life to the £1million business after father Tom promised him: ‘One day all this will be yours’. But after his death it was revealed his will stated the farm should be split equally between Mr Davies and his...

Osborne puts inheritance tax under the spotlight

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The Chancellor announced that the UK economy grew 2.6% in 2014, faster than any other advanced economy but lower than the 3% that he predicted in December. He also reported record levels of employment and trade deficit figures that are "the best for 15...

Secrets in Switzerland lead to big penalty bill

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The case, the first to test the position in court, is a warning to anyone who fails to come up with the facts when asked questions by those handling the estate of someone who has died. When Clayton Hutching’s father died, he left an estate of farm...