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The perils of ‘’do it yourself’’ and out-of-date Wills

In the bedroom drawers of houses up and down the land lie thousands of invalid or out-of-date wills.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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Almost quarter of estates investigated over IHT

The reason why you should use us to conduct probate for you.......

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Government sets out next steps for opposite-sex civil partnerships

The consultation will seek public opinion on giving opposite-sex couples an opportunity to convert their marriage into a civil partnership, and then bringing all conversion rights to an end. Providing a period for conversion will allow opposite-sex couples the opportunity to access the legal relationship that was not previously available to them......

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Annual Trust Minutes

In line with the increased aging population and the strain that this is putting on local Authorities to fund care in old age........

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High court must decide order of death of elderly couple found dead in their home

The estate of an elderly couple who were both found dead in their own home is being disputed by their stepdaughters in the England and Wales High Court, with the point of contention being which of the couple died first...........

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Silver Clouds and Thy Will Be Done’s Response to HM Treasury Announcement on Future Funeral Plan Regulation

As established and trusted funeral plan providers, thy Will Be done in association with Silver Clouds Later Life planning welcome the announcement by HM Treasury on 2 June 2019 to establish greater regulation of the funeral plan market....

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DIY wills blamed for wave of probate disputes

The number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court increased from 227 in 2018 to 368 in 2019. The rise is largely fuelled by the popularity of DIY wills, which are often riddled with errors and omissions.......

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Probate Fees Shelved Until Parliamentary Season Starts Again

The Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order has been shelved for the summer recess as the House of Commons concluded their governmental business on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd May.........

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The Financial Times - Setting up a lasting power of attorney

Is setting up a “lasting power of attorney” on your financial to-do list? If you’ve been asked to look after a friend or relative’s affairs, know what the process involves.........

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Digital Assets and what you wish to happen to them after your death.

The term "digital assets" refers to the possessions you access on a digital device such as a laptop, mobile phone, tablet or personal computer.......

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Banking and utilities staff told how to deal with England and Wales powers of attorney

The UK government has issued guidance advising the staff of financial services and utility companies how to deal with customers whose decisions are taken for them under a financial affairs power of attorney (PoA) or deputy court order....

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