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Intestacy: what happens if you die without a wiIl?

23 April 2020

When an individual dies without leaving a valid will, they are said to have died intestate. Discover the ramifications of this.

Is it time to review your will?

14 April 2020

Under the laws of England and Wales, broadly speaking we all have the freedom to dispose of our personal assets (including interests in family businesses) as we wish. But that freedom relies on us leaving a valid will that sets out what should happen to our assets when we die.

Succession and the law

19 December 2019

Mortality, no one really likes to think about it. Some people’s view is “what do I care? I’ll be long gone”. Others prefer to leave their affairs in as orderly a state as possible. Whichever camp you are in, legal steps need to be taken. Find out what the most tax efficient steps and actions available to you are.

Could the 1956 UK / India Estate Tax Treaty help you with your estate planning?
Sophie St John

14 November 2019

Some individuals of Indian origin may find they can benefit from the 1956 double tax treaty between the UK and India (the Treaty); a treaty which after more than six decades still remains in place.

The impact of removing tax breaks for independent schools

17 September 2019

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported on a leaked shadow Treasury document which revealed Labour proposals to impose VAT on independent school fees and remove their discounted business rates. So what impact would this have on independent schools and their fee-paying parents?

Risk to trustees from extended trust registration requirement

10 September 2019

As trustees and agents alike get to grips with the HMRC trust registration service (TRS), a change to EU law extends the net and the risk of trustees failing to meet registration obligations.

Tax proposals for the near future

20 July 2019

The Conservative Party leadership contest has now whittled down the contenders to the last two. But what are their tax proposals for the near future?

Who makes gifts & does IHT really matter?

22 May 2019

HMRC has recently published a study examining the behaviour of ‘gifters’ - those who have, in the past two years, made a single gift of £1,000 or more, or multiple gifts of greater than £250 totalling more than £3,000. It is hoped that the findings will help simplify the inheritance tax legislation so that it is fit for the 21st century.

Tax changes for non-residents owning UK property

13 May 2019

Significant and wide-ranging changes are being introduced in relation to the taxation of UK property, some of which already apply for transactions taking place from 6 April 2019, others taking effect from 6 April 2020.

Can I reseal a foreign grant?
Sophie St John

Read more to find out how re-sealing a foreign grant will enable you to access your deceased non-domiciled relative’s assets.

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