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20th August 2019

A guide to Inheritance Tax (‘IHT’) planning

From April 2017 there are further improvements for individuals in the context of Inheritance Tax (‘IHT’) planning. IHT is a tax charged on an individual’s death at a…

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16th May 2019

Making a Will if you have no family or are estranged #DyingMattersWeek

Someone who has no living relatives or estranged from their family, what are the main things to consider when writing a Will? When a person dies without leaving…

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19th February 2019

Probate Fees set to rise

Following a recent government announcement many families will pay more in probate fees starting from April 2019. Currently, bereaved families pay a flat fee of £155.00 if they…

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24th September 2018

Why You Need a Will and Keeping it up to Date

Unbelievably, it is still the case that most people pass away without leaving a valid Will in place. In these circumstances, the statutory law (the Intestacy Rules) will…

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1st August 2018

Ellisons first Will Week in September 2018

Get peace of mind knowing that you have a professionally drafted Will which will ensure your estate is dealt with in accordance with your wishes. From the 24th-28th…

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2nd February 2018

Are you entitled to an LPA refund?

Clients who registered Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 may be entitled to…

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13th December 2017

Marriage and Wills

Considering entering the brave world of a new marriage? If so, bear in mind that any existing Will becomes invalid. This leaves you without a Will and the…

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11th December 2017

Inheritance and the Common Law spouse. Fact or fiction?

Are you cohabiting with a long term partner? If so, it is important to know that from an inheritance perspective a “Common law spouse” doesn’t exist and is…

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20th April 2017

Discussing finance and a more complicated Will

Rather than sticking with a simplistic Will, Private Client solicitor Imogen Dodd sets out to Independent Financial advisor Mark Norman what she has already helped a client put…

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30th March 2017

Case study: Contesting a Will

The Supreme Court has handed down its Judgment in Ilott v. The Blue Cross & others, the first case under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act…

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