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August Newsletter Round 2

The 2nd installment of our August newsletter.

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Introduction to Guardianship

Appointment of Testamentary Guardians The appointment of testamentary guardians is rarely considered by parent, but it is highly desirable that they should consider who should look after their children if both were to lose their lives while their children are under eighteen. The appointment of a testamentary guardian can only be made by a person … Read moreIntroduction to Guardianship

Flexible Life Interest Trust

Flexible Life Interest Trust  Due to more complex estates and greater wealth, greater flexibility is essential to cope with any future changes to the family structure (such as new family members) and changes in the tax regime. The best way to gain the maximum flexibility is by the use of a Flexible Life Interest Trust … Read moreFlexible Life Interest Trust

Roles of executors and trustees

Who are trustees? A trustee is someone who is given legal responsibility to hold property in the best interest of or for the benefit of someone else (the beneficiaries). As the name implies, the trustee acts under a “trust” to do what is best and to act in the interests of the beneficiaries and not … Read moreRoles of executors and trustees

Intestacy

Intestacy can be a complicated issue. Difficult to wrap your head around the ins and outs, if you haven’t worked much with it before.

Below we’ve outlined the the rules in a simple flowchart to give you an idea on who will benefit from your estate if you a) have no Will or b) have no further levels of residue outlined in your Will.

Intestacy Flow Chart
Intestacy Flow Chart

Understanding the decision in Ilott v Mitson: Does your will now mean nothing?

The recent case of Ilott v Mitson caused a bit of a stir in the media over its possible impacts on testamentary freedom in England and Wales. ‘Your will means NOTHING’ was the headline in the Express, with similar headlines in the Mail and the Telegraph and much of the media named it as a … Read moreUnderstanding the decision in Ilott v Mitson: Does your will now mean nothing?

Could Changes to the Taxation of Pilot Trusts Affect You?

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement at the end of 2014, legislation is now going through parliament which aims to limit the use of ‘pilot’ trusts. Pilot trusts are an accepted form of Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning, commonly used to reduce the impact of the special IHT regime which applies to trusts, known as the ‘relevant … Read moreCould Changes to the Taxation of Pilot Trusts Affect You?