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RESIDENCE NIL RATE BAND (RNRB)

You may have heard about this new RNRB inheritance tax relief which is linked to gifting your house via your Will to your lineal descendants on death.  The rules are complex. Don’t lose out on the relief…some tips to help:- If your...

Register your Will with Certainty

A common problem that occurs when a loved one passes away is that you may find yourself in a position where you do not know whether a Will was made or whether you have the most up to date Will. Registering your Will could potentially stop your estate being...

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is aimed at people who are: first time buyers unable to afford to buy a home on the open market looking to rent a home but cannot afford to pay market rents On the 4 th October 2017 The Prime Minister announced that a further...

Civil partnerships rise 3.4 per cent

Recent statistics that have been published analyse the formations and dissolutions of civil partnerships by the sex, age and previous marital status of the couples and the place of registration. The main findings are: There were 890 civil...

Creepy Invader

In the 1840s, Phillip von Siebold, a physicist and botanist introduced Japanese Knotweed into the country and sold it as an ornamental garden plant. The plant spreads rapidly. It can spread to over 2 metres deep and 7 metres laterally in all directions,...

TOP 5 REASONS AS TO WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE A WILL

Listed below are the top five reasons for someone to make a Will. This list is not exhaustive and there are other important  reasons as to why you should make a Will. YOUR ESTATE CAN BE DEALT WITH HOW YOU WISH. If you live in England and Wales,...

Executors - Who should you choose?

When making or reviewing your Will, one aspect that needs to be given careful consideration is who to appoint as your Executor/Executors of your estate. Executors are the people who are over the age of 18 years who will deal with your estate after your...

Protecting your Land/Property from fraud

If you bought your property or took out a mortgage on it at any time since 1998 then it will be registered at the Land Registry and you can sign up to the Land Registry’s Property Alert service. If someone then applies to make a change to the...

Part 2 Frequently asked questions regarding making a Will

Does marriage or divorce affect my Will? Marriage automatically revokes a Will, unless it is stated to be made in contemplation of that specific marriage. If you get divorced then your Will is still valid but your gift to the ex spouse would lapse. What...

Frequently asked questions about making a Will Part 1

Who should make a Will? The short answer is everyone. However, depending on your intentions and assets, certain people are more in need of a Will than others for example, couple who are cohabiting, families with minor children or step children and people...
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