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In Memory Giving

Did a charitable organisation really help your loved one when it mattered.........

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New law to save families being forced from homes by unaffordable inheritance tax bills

Adult siblings living under the same roof are rallying round a proposed change in the law that would stop them being forced out of their homes by unaffordable inheritance tax (IHT) bills when one of them dies.....

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A statutory instrument (Administration of Estates Act 1925 (Fixed Net Sum) Order 2020) has been laid,

Increasing the net sum that a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive if a person dies intestate leaving issue............

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Civil Partnership legislation

The legislation (Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019) providing for the extension of civil partnerships to couples not of the same sex came into force in England and Wales on the 2nd December 2019 ........

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Frenchie and Friends Foundation | French bulldogs Charity

We are very proud to announce that our charity of the year for 2020 is The Frenchie and Friends foundation........

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Funeral Costs Increased By 3.4% Last Year

The average cost of a funeral has increased by 3.4% to £4,417 since last year. The increase is forcing a lot more grieving families into financial difficulties.....

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Why you must be careful when writing 2020 on legal documents

People are being warned not to abbreviate the year 2020 when writing the date on any legal or important document this year, because it could too easily be modified by someone.........

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Couple forced to kiss goodbye following 69 year marriage after getting sent to separate care homes

Herbert and Audrey Goodine have been together for 73 years in total, spending the last three years together in a home.........

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High Court upholds mother's decision to disinherit daughter for unkindness

The daughter of Maudlin Bascoe has failed to overturn a will made by her mother in 2005, in which she was left only a token £100 legacy.....

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Fraudulent Calumny: Poison in the Ear – how this differs from undue influence

Fraudulent calumny is a ground for challenging the validity of a will once the testator has died. It often includes the same or similar nefarious practices that one associates with coercing a (usually vulnerable) person to change their will in your favour.......

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First registrations of opposite-sex civil partnerships set for New Year’s Eve

Opposite-sex couples will be able to register civil partnerships in England and Wales from 31 December 2019 after secondary legislation was approved in the House of Lords on 5 November 2019. ......

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The perils of ‘’do it yourself’’ and out-of-date Wills

In the bedroom drawers of houses up and down the land lie thousands of invalid or out-of-date wills. Invalid, perhaps, because they’ve not properly been dated and signed in the presence of two witnesses - or which have been automatically revoked by a re-marriage......

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Do countryside landowners hold the solution to a grave crisis?

Experts have regularly been warning that as the population grows, and as demand for land for housing increases, then ‘traditional’ space for burials will be squeezed.......

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Bank's belated discovery of stored wills could trigger estate disputes

It has emerged that Lloyds Bank has discovered a cache of thousands of stored wills in its ‘Safe Custody’ service.

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Quarter Of Retirees Exclude Family Beneficiaries In Wills

Over a quarter (28%) of pensioners plan to leave their estate to beneficiaries other than close family members...................

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£15bn worth of inheritance goes unclaimed every year

Research shows our loved ones may never receive billions of our cash savings – because we’re not telling them where the money is.........

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HMRC collects record amounts of Inheritance tax

HMRC collects record amounts of Inheritance tax or IHT as it’s often abbreviated to which I call INHERITANCE THEFT as it is effectively theft from those who saved rather than spent!

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Are you due an inheritance tax rebate?

You have up to 7 years after the date of a registered death to make a claim and these claims can be made for any depreciation........

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Third Of Brits Believe Wills Are Just For The Wealthy

30% of Brits believing they are not wealthy enough to write a Will, many also believe that Will-writing is time-consuming (30%), complicated (28%) and expensive (27%).........

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Quarter Of Homeowners Funding Social Care With Home Equity

Almost a quarter of homeowners are planning to use the equity in their homes to fund their care costs in later life.......

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What to do when someone dies

If the person died at home, you should contact their GP, who will visit the home and certify the death by issuing a medical certificate of the cause of death........

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Bereaved Families Are Struggling With Record High Funeral Debt

Research has found that families who struggle with funeral costs are taking on an average of £1,990 debt to pay for them, as the price of funerals increases again.......

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What to do if you don’t feel like being an executor.......

But do not want to give up your decision-making rights altogether. The period following the bereavement of a loved one is a particularly difficult time, especially for a widow or widower.........

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Commorientes rule invoked as evidence fails to prove order of English couple’s deaths

The judge in the Scarle estate dispute, in which an elderly married couple were found dead in their Essex home, has ruled that there is not enough medical evidence to determine who died first.......

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The Cost of Death

This research looks at the taxes and charges involved when someone passes away. In 2019-20, the government is projected to receive £5.35 billion from grieving taxpayers via inheritance tax

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