Category Archives: Wills and Probate

Digital assets on death – do you really own them?

Recent headlines of the rich and famous (reportedly Bruce Willis) taking on Apple in the fight to be able to leave digital assets to loved ones on death certainly makes for good reading but just what is someone’s right to … Continue reading

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Digital Assets

Digital assets, and how they are dealt with upon death, is becoming an important  issue for many people. We are regularly asked how iTunes accounts, Kindle books, Facebook, online bank accounts, Paypal accounts etc are dealt with upon death. Many … Continue reading

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Inheritance Tax: the nil rate band goes up to £1million! (but does it really?)

Following the Tory election victory in May, Chancellor George Osborne announced his intention to introduce changes to the inheritance tax rules. Currently, each person can leave £325,000 free of inheritance tax (the ‘nil rate band’) and therefore a married couple … Continue reading

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Where there is a Will…there is a Family Member

The Court of Appeal made a landmark ruling yesterday in relation to a claim against a Will made by a daughter of the deceased. The case involved a Will of Malita Jackson who had died in 2004 leaving her estate … Continue reading

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The Care Act 2014 (which doesn’t live up to its name)

The Care Act 2014 comes into play in two parts.  From April 2015 Local Authorities were under a duty to assess people for their overall wellbeing, to see if they require any help with daily living. The much heralded financial … Continue reading

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Plan, Talk, Live

Plan, Talk, Live is the theme of the Dying Matters Week organised by the charity Dying Matters to take place between the 18 and 24 May 2015. The aim of the week is to have the population talk about death … Continue reading

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The General Election from an inheritance tax point of view

With just hours to go until the General Election, the voting public will be weighing up a whole range of issues before deciding which party to vote for. One particular issue that is likely to play its part is inheritance … Continue reading

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