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    • Solicitor, Partner - Head of Wills & Estate Planning
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Dying Matters Awareness Week: Administering An Estate

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During Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 th to 19 th May) we’re asking ‘Are we ready?’ Many people don't want to think about dying but it’s important to plan to make it easier for those you leave behind and ensure your...

Dying Matters Awareness Week - Making a Will

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Many people die without a will, which can sometimes lead to difficulties and family disputes. By making a will, you can ensure that your estate will be dealt with by people you trust, and pass to those you wish.

Dying Matter Awareness Week - Lasting Powers of Attorney

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Dying Matters is a growing coalition of individuals and organisations across the country who aim to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and make plans for the end of life. The theme of this year’s awareness week (13...

Andrew & Co Solicitors Asks: Are we ready?

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Andrew & Co Solicitors will be teaming up with St Barnabas Hospice in May to raise awareness of the importance of planning as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 th to 19 th May). The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Are we...

Santander Penalty on Deceased Customer Accounts Should Serve as a Warning to all

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Santander hit the headlines yesterday (19th December) after being fined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to handle accounts of its deceased customers' adequately. The FCA penalised the bank after it found it has been failing to...

Asset Protection Trusts - Approach with Caution!

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Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes about the dangers of asset protection trusts. It’s a sad reality that I have several cases on my desk of clients who, worried about paying...

Avoiding Probate Avoidance Trusts

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Go online nowadays and you will find numerous companies selling trusts for different reasons. One of the reasons often mentioned is the avoidance of "probate": "Create a Probate Protection Trust and avoid the difficulties of...

The Hidden Cost of DIY Lasting Powers of Attorney

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As well as being Head of Private Client services at Andrew & Co I am also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) which launched a campaign recently highlighting the risks of using off-the-shelf and online Lasting Powers of...

Property Prices Help Fuel Family Inheritance Court Battles

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Rising property prices and second marriages are helping to fuel an increase in the number of disputes over inheritance reaching the courts. Recent cases hitting the headlines have included the family fall-out following the death of the billionaire...

Changes to Inheritance Tax Rules

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In Wednesday’s Budget, the Chancellor announced measures to increase the amount that people can leave which will be free of inheritance tax (IHT) on their death, as the Government had pledged in its election campaign. On the face of it, the...