Category Archives: News

What happened when we found Mum’s homemade Power of Attorney……

  ………Putting my mother into a care home was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.  She was in her late 80s and until recently was very independent.  At the start of this year it was …

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Debunking Common Myths about Wills

We know that making a Will can seem daunting.    What can add to the concerns are the various myths that surround Will making.   Emma Shepherd has over a decade of experience helping clients with all aspects of Wills.  Here she …

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Letting a Property: A Landlords’ Guide

Letting a property can yield a number of benefits – most obviously the rental income.  For many this income can supplement a diminishing pension pot or underperforming investments.  Nonetheless for those tempted to dabble in the buy to let market, …

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I am separated or divorced – do I need permission from the other parent to take my child abroad?

With the summer holidays looming a lot of families are planning to escape the UK for sunnier climes.  If you are divorced/separated, taking a child abroad might not be as straightforward as booking your holiday.  A question that we are …

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Inheritance Tax & Your Home – the new rules

On 6th April 2017 the rules for Inheritance Tax (IHT) changed.  Home owners may be eligible for an additional allowance known as the ‘residence nil rate band’ (or ‘RNRB’).  Although welcomed by many tax specialists and lawyers, the laws in …

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My Mother has dementia – how do I look after her assets?

When an illness such as dementia strikes it can be distressing to see a loved one struggling to cope with everyday matters such as dealing with their finances or paying their bills.   Without any plans in place helping out …

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Equity Release – Is it for you?

Background Equity release has come a long way in recent years with interest rates sometimes reducing to more acceptable levels and introducing the possibility of caps on repayment amounts (inheritance protection). However, it is still a complicated and risky area …

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Taking a new lease of commercial premises – A tenant’s guide

  Tenants often think of commercial leases as ‘standard’ documents. In reality, this can be a dangerous view and not taking appropriate advice can leave you with complications and cost that could seriously affect the safe and profitable running of …

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BUYER BEWARE – PROPERTY PROTECTION TRUSTS

BUYER BEWARE! HAVE YOU BEEN SOLD AN ASSET/PROPERTY PROTECTION TRUST? With the cost of care increasing many people may be tempted to put their homes into a trust called an ‘asset or property protection trust’ with the tempting premise that …

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My son is about to divorce his wife, will I get to see my grandchildren?

Going through a divorce is rarely easy and something that few relish, particularly for those with young children.  Getting the right advice can make life easier for the immediate parties involved and can have less of an impact on those …

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