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Inheritance Tax - Good News and Bad News

Jenny Mayhew
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The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) came into effect last year for estates where the deceased died on or after 6 th April 2017.  The good news is that if you leave your main residence to certain beneficiaries, there will be an extra £100,000 of...

Business Owners Seminar

Laura Manton
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Our seminar this morning for Business Owners was a great success. It covered planning opportunities for business owners and their families.  A retiring business owner once said that he wished he had looked after his own affairs as well as he had...

New Inheritance Tax Laws - Budget July 2015

Laura Manton
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George Osborne has recently delivered his seventh Budget as chancellor, the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996. One of the headlines in the news read ‘End of Inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m’ At...

Australia's First iPhone Will?

Laura Manton
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Modern technology in recent years has changed our lives in so many respects. Having access to the internet on our phone means we can do all our banking, shopping, ‘to do’ lists and communicating at a time that suits us. Last October, the...

St Peter & St James Hospice

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Each year the Private Client team participate in a charitable Will writing month in aid of the St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre in North Chailey, East Sussex. The purpose of the scheme is to enable supporters of the hospice to make...

The Importance Of Planning Ahead

Laura Manton
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We all like to be in control of our own destiny which includes how we manage our finances and our health. Understandably none of us like to envisage how things would be if we had a debilitating illness, a stroke, a serious mental illness or a car accident...

Meeting HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and David Dimbleby at St Wilfrid's Hospice opening

Laura Manton
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I was thrilled to have been invited to represent the Private Client team at the official opening of the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne this morning. There was great excitement from all the staff and visitors at the hospice as we eagerly waited...

Gifting the family home

Jenny Mayhew
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I am often contacted by a parent or their children expressing a wish to gift the family home to the children.  The gift is to take place straight away.  The request can be made for a variety of reasons, including Inheritance Tax, Nursing Home fees...

Mediation - That is the way to do it!

Jenny Mayhew
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I was sitting on a train recently on the way back from London feeling remarkably relaxed, which was surprising bearing in mind I had just spent the day settling a contentious probate case. My client and her sister were contesting their mother’s...

Have you thought about the future?

Laura Manton
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Did you know that if you become incapable of making decisions about your finances and financial affairs, generally, no one else can do it for you – not even your spouse or children? This can cause a particular problem if others need to access your...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - are you covered?

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Having spent my weekend shopping around for better house insurance deals, I started thinking about all the insurance policies I have in place. I insure my house, health, travel, life, car and mobile phone and I expect I am not alone as these are all fairly...

Do It For Them!

Laura Manton
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Having a young family of my own I know how hard it is to even think about what would happen to our daughters, if both my husband and I were to die. Sometimes, it seems easier to push those thoughts to the back of your mind (and I know I have done this!)....

Valentine's Day - How are you going to show your undying love?

Joelle Osborne
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Flowers? They will soon wilt and die. Chocolates? They will soon disappear. How about making sure you give something which won’t die with you? A Will. You were thinking of proposing marriage? Your fiancé or partner won’t have any...

Will You or Won't You?

Jenny Mayhew
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I am delighted to say that Dawson Hart is, once again, taking part in the St Peter and St James’ Will Writing Event. Many of you will know what an inspiring place the Hospice, located in North Chailey, is. The Scheme encourages supporters to visit us...