Rik Mayall’s inheritance tax trap

Rik Mayall, comedian and actor behind nasty MP Alan B’Stard, failed to have a valid will in place when he died unexpectedly in June 2014. The probate records, which revealed the lack of the will, have led to speculation about potential inheritance taxes which might now be due on his £1.2m estate – taxes which…

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Will Writing Statistics

This is an article that shows the shocking statistics on how people in the England and Wales are failing to plan for the inevitable. Its grim reading and at the end of the day it will be families that loose out either through increased Probate fees or loosing out on whole inheritances. According to new…

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Change to intestacy rules

Wills and inheritance: how changes to the intestacy rules affect you The laws dividing your assets if you don’t have a will change radically on 1 October – but common-law partners still get nothing. We report on the winners and losers Read More

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Three reasons to be fearful about a cap on social care costs

The government has at last published its plans for care funding more than 18 months after the Dilnot commission’s report. As widely reported, these plans include a cap on care costs of £75k, with the means-test threshold raised to £123k. Some have welcomed the announcement. But there are at least three reasons why it isn’t good news….

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Lasting Power of Attorney – not just for the old.

We all know that we should write a will, but too few of us know we should also consider something called lasting power of attorney. By 2025, more than 1 million people in the UK will have dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. One in five people over 85 already suffers from it, with rates…

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Widow snatched by social workers is reunited with her loving daughter

The important point to remember is that this could not have happened if the mother had put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare appointing her daughters to make these care decisions on her behalf and Jacqualine would not need to revert to the courts for permission to take her mother home.

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Fees cut for lasting powers of attorney

Anyone applying for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) to choose someone they trust to make decisions for them if they lose mental capacity will be helped by a 15 per cent cut in the application fee announced by Justice Minister Helen Grant.

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What the cap on care costs doesn’t do

Ministers are hailing their changes to social care as the solution to the long-standing problem of how to care for the elderly. The introduction of a £75,000 cap – if introduced – will arguably be the first time the system has been overhauled since it was created along with the NHS after the Second World…

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Cap on care home costs is a con, say age campaigners

PENSIONER groups yesterday voiced anger at Government plans for funding old age care, claiming it was a “con” and “tinkering at the edges” of the problem. They were dismayed that the £75,000 cap to be placed on what people will have to pay for their care is double that recommended by experts.

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Court of Protection cost me £50,000

Neil Barker has no memories of the 35 days following a horrific motor bike crash which left him with brain injuries and needing his eye socket rebuilt.Carrying out everyday activities became a struggle.Even a basic task such as buying a tin of beans was a major challenge.

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