Estate Planning - Inheritance Tax

Estate Planning Myth #7

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #7: If I give away property while I am still alive, this will avoid inheritance tax. The Facts: Not quite. The basic position is that if […]

Gifting home or writing into trust

Estate Planning Myth #6

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #6: Gifting my home or writing it into trust for my children is a good way of avoiding having to pay care home fees. The Facts: […]

Will

Estate Planning Myth #5

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #5: I had my Will and LPAs drawn up years ago, so I don’t need to think about it any more. The Facts: Whilst it is […]

Wishes

Estate Planning Myth #4

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #4: My family know my wishes so I don’t need to do anything else The Facts: You might be certain that your family understand what you […]

Common Law

Estate Planning Myth #3

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #3: Only old people need to think about estate planning. The Facts: Not at all. Life can change very quickly, no matter how old you are… […]

Wills And Probate

Estate Planning Myth #2

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #2: Only rich people need to worry about estate planning The Facts: Estate Planning is the process of ‘putting your affairs in order’. This incorporates making […]

Court of Protection

Balancing Best Interest Decisions

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting with a Judge from Japan, who wanted to learn more about the laws in England and Wales for managing the financial affairs of people who lack capacity. It provided me with the opportunity to discuss the legal framework in Japan and contrast this with our own systems. […]

Was it all sun, sea and sangria?

Was it all sun, sea and sangria?

As you return to work or studies after the long hot summer, are you reminiscing and talking about your memories of festivals, gigs and club nights that you have enjoyed? Or have events this summer harmed you or left you with memories that you would rather forget? Not everyone’s experience of social gatherings is so […]

Estate Planning

Estate Planning Myth #1

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #1 –  My partner, spouse or next of kin will be able to manage my finances and take decisions about my health if I become mentally […]

Working at height

Working at Height Regulations – What you need to know

Working at height is dangerous work. It can lead to fatalities and major injuries. Common causes of these injuries are falls from ladders and falls through fragile roofs. The Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) are designed to prevent death and injuries. The Regulations place legal responsibilities on all employers of those working at a height. […]