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Who speaks for me?

How can my wishes be known if I'm too ill to communicate?If we become too ill to communicate, we are described as having 'lost capacity'.  In these circumstances, whether it happens gradually or without warning, it's important to have someone to speak on your behalf....

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Inheriting and tax planning!

Do not be put off by the title of this article! It’s an important topic because, in a society where we live longer, many people are reaching retirement by the time they inherit from their parents.
In many instances, the money is added to their estate and will attract inheritance tax when they, in turn, die.
Find out more…

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Two Stepsisters; One Inheritance…

Do you remember the 2019 case of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? The administration of their estate depended on knowing who had died first, but this wasn’t obvious, and led to a dispute about the inheritance. Find out what happened…

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Families and Festivities!

Families – can’t live with them, can’t live without them!?
The season of goodwill isn’t guaranteed to bring happiness and joy for everyone.
Some are enduring a first, or another, Christmas without a loved one.
Others are spending Christmas with family they don’t see often.

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Impact of Care Costs on Estate Value

We were struck by this article in a recent edition of the Daily Mail Online. It addresses the concerns of an lady who has discovered that her Grandmother is to move to a care home. She understood that she and her sibling would inherit a third of the house…

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The little things become the big things

Following the death of a loved one, especially someone close, the practicalities can seem endless and the list of things to do/sort/organise can become overwhelming in terms of administration…

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Will-weary or just unaware?

Recent surveys found that two-thirds of people under 50 who earn £50k or more per year do not have a Will. Some say they are too young, they don’t have time to write one, or they don’t have enough assets to merit writing one. We think these aren’t great reasons…

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Money Matters

Who'll manage my money?Do you have someone you trust to keep your finances in order if you become seriously ill or lose capacity?  Everyone's heard the scare stories of elderly or vulnerable people being targeted by unscrupulous 'good samaritans' who clear out their...

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Have you considered your digital legacy?

What is your digital legacy? Most of us leave digital footprints daily! We Tweet opinions, Facebook our friends and Instagram our delicious meals and sunshine filled holidays, whilst LinkedIn showcases careers and contacts. What happens to these accounts when we die?...

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Are you an Organ Donor?

A prepaid funeral plan provider has teamed up with the NHS organ donor register to encourage people to think about organ donation whilst they are making their funeral arrangements. It is hoped that this pilot scheme will encourage more people to join the register this year.

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Should you make an Advance Decision?

People make Advance Decisions because they are worried their wishes may not be known should they require life-saving or life-prolonging treatment. We recommend that you seek help with putting your Advance Decision in place because the issues at stake can be quite complex.

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Have you reviewed your Will recently?

It’s important to ensure your Will has been checked recently, especially if some time has passed since it was written.
All manner of things change in people’s lives which, unless we stop to think, may go unnoticed in terms of their impact on our estate planning.

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