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    • Amanda Voakes

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Leaving gifts to charity in your will

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The International Day of Charity is an annual event that took place on 5 September, but did you know that one of the best ways to support a charity is to leave them a gift in your Will? Many charities in the UK rely on donations left behind by their...

Gifting and inheritance tax: Explained

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As part of inheritance tax planning, or simply as part of passing on wealth to the next generation, you may consider gifting money or property to family or friends. However, there are several things you need to know about gifting and inheritance tax. In this...

Can you make a Power of Attorney online?

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It is possible to make a Power of Attorney online, but whether you should is an entirely different matter. The process of making a Power of Attorney seems straightforward, but for those who are unfamiliar with the process, there are many potential pitfalls...

Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

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If you are thinking about writing a Will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own Will. However, there are...

What happens to debt after someone dies?

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When someone you love has passed away, the last thing you might be thinking about is debt. However, there are many misconceptions about debt and inheritance and it is essential to understand your position. Many people that when a person dies, the debt dies...

How unspent income from lockdown could cut future tax bills

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Internet shopping may have boomed during lockdown, but many people have spent less than usual while forced to stay home, and those with spare money have an opportunity to make the most of inheritance tax reliefs on gifts to family and friends if they act...

Kick the frivolity and take the higher road over inheritance

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Inheritance disputes may have risen in response to soaring property prices, second marriages and blended families, with relatives more likely to feel they are missing out, but the courts are pushing back on frivolous claims and obstructive family...

Why cohabiting couples must consider estate planning

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Millions of couples across the UK are choosing to forego marriage and live as cohabitees . However, without proper estate planning, they could be putting their finances at risk. Unlike their married counterparts, unmarried couples have no automatic right to...

Protecting digital assets and memories is vital as the shift online continues

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The value of our online lives is becoming immeasurable, yet few people are recording or protecting their digital assets. Whether the financial value of investments or the emotional value of family photos, if there is no arrangement in place to hand on...

New year, new you? Why it might be a good time to write a will

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There is no denying that 2020 is a year which will go down in history - for many reasons. The global pandemic, Brexit, and the fallout from these events has had a significant impact on many areas of our lives. These events may have far-reaching implications...

Lights, camera, action... signing your will goes live

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Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislation is to be introduced in September to allow Wills to be signed remotely using a live video link. While the coronavirus pandemic...

Wills Trusts and Probate during COVID-19

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Chattertons Solicitors Private Client team continue to support individuals with putting in place or reviewing Wills, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates during the coronavirus crisis. We are following Government recommendations and...