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Probate fee increases - is it a new stealth tax on estates?

If a person dies with bank accounts, shares, investments or a property in their sole name, it is often the case that a Grant of Representation is needed before their estate can be passed on to the intended beneficiaries. Earlier this month, the Government...

Owning property jointly - Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common?

As Will writers we regularly find ourselves explaining the difference between Joint Tenants and Tenants in Common and how the different type of ownership of property can affect your Will.   When property is purchased, or inherited by joint owners,...

The perils of trying to get away with it

There are very few things calculated to make matters worse than futile efforts to get away with offences. The most obvious example is to give a false name when being stopped by a Police Officer. If you do that you have added to whatever offence you have...

Will reveiw for maximum relief

From April 2017, you have been able to obtain an extra Inheritance Tax Relief when you leave your main house on death to your direct descendants. It is called the main residence nil-rate bank (RNRB). The rates increase with each year: £125k in 2018...

Shared Ownership

As of April 2018, the government have relaxed eligibility rules meaning households earning less than £80,000 and £90,000 in London can now use shared ownership schemes to own property.  When the average national price of an entry level...

Surveys - Would you risk it?

When purchasing a house you could be forgiven for thinking that you do not need a survey carried out because "the mortgage lender has carried out a valuation".  Unfortunately, many buyers assume that the mortgage lender would not lend on a...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - a precautionary step

Creating Lasting Powers of Attorney Very few people have actually created a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). These can be made for property and financial decisions along with health and welfare decisions. They are designed to help someone make decisions...

Developers predict Economic growth will effect house prices

40% of aspiring property developers believe that national economic growth is set to have the most significant impact on the house prices in the near future. This is according to a survey by LendInvest, which is also revealed that factors commonly in media...

40,000 Homeowners Opt to Use Equity Release

Almost 40,000 families have used equity release products in the first six months of 2018, according to data from the Equity Release Council. Equity release gives homeowners flexibility to access investment held in their homes, using products such as a...

Have you been charged with a Criminal Offence?

Some offences will be considered too serious to be heard in the Magistrates’ Court and will be referred to the Crown Court. However we do sometimes advise clients to elect to have his/her case heard in the Crown Court before a Judge and Jury...
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