The Importance of Trusts

The Importance of Trusts

A recent paper from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) has highlighted the social and economic benefits of trusts.  The report acknowledged that for many people trusts are seen in a negative light, perhaps because they are seen as secretive or only...
Naming the Right Beneficiary

Naming the Right Beneficiary

We have previously talked about the importance of putting in place a Will and the difficulties that can arise if this is not done, but it is important when considering who you would like to benefit under your Will that the beneficiaries are correctly identified. This...
Inheritance Tax Burden on London and South East

Inheritance Tax Burden on London and South East

Recent newspaper articles have highlighted statistics that show where the burden of inheritance tax liability falls. The statistics for 2017/18 showed that the number of estates actually paying inheritance tax fell for the first time in a number of years, but also...
New legislation for remote signing of wills

New legislation for remote signing of wills

The law relating to wills in England & Wales is to be amended so that wills can be witnessed remotely under certain conditions and shall still be valid. The change will be put into legislation later this year but will be backdated to 31st January, with the...
Online LPA Digital Service

Online LPA Digital Service

The Office of the Public Guardian has unveiled a new online service for registered Lasting Powers of Attorney, which is designed to help attorneys prove their status to banks, health care providers and other organisations. The idea behind the new service is to enable...
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