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The Royal Wedding: how marriage impacts Wills and changing family structures

The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marks many historical changes for the royal family. Meghan is one of a few Americans and the first black woman to be welcomed into the royal family; she has previously been divorced which in the royal family’s past has been frowned upon by the Church of England. […]

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Wills

Disputed Wills at an all-time high!

A record number of inheritance disputes are reaching the High Court despite rising court costs and the risk involved with losing a case. The number of cases brought to the High Court under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975 has risen by over 700% between 2005 and 2015. But this is only […]

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The Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

Dementia has been called the epidemic of our century. There are approximately 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with an expected increase to over 1 million in 2021.  The Alzheimer’s Society predicts that by 2050, the worldwide number of people who will be living with dementia is set to treble. More than 60% of […]

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Safeguard Inheritance

82% of the British public failing to make suitable inheritance plans

An article that was recently published on the Financial Times Advisor website reports that the British public are not taking adequate steps to secure and protect their legacy. According to data gathered by Zurich and YouGov, only 18% of the 2,000 adults questioned said leaving an inheritance was an important factor when planning for their […]

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Is your Will up-to-date?

Official figures suggest that the number of disputes around the distribution of estates rose by a massive 700% between 2007 and 2012. This startling increase has been attributed to a number of key factors including the increase in house prices and significant changes in family dynamics over the last decade. It is suggested that this […]

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Your Digital estate

We recommend completion and maintenance of a Personal Assets Log, including digital assets together with user names and passwords so your executors will be able to access those assets. The challenge is to keep the information up-to-date, hidden, safe and yet accessible when the time comes. It is not advisable to include details of your […]

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National Will Register

All Wills now added to National Will Register

We have recently arranged with the Institute of Professional Will Writers an agreement to register all Wills put in place using Sue Jenden Associates Ltd on the National Will Register. This service is free of charge to our clients. Having your Will registered on the National Will Register makes it easier for your executors or […]

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Digital Legacies

As technology has evolved so has the way we store information. Simple things such as photographs are now often stored online. By making our wishes clear it will be easier for loved ones to recover pictures to cherish and will help with other more practical issues such as online bank accounts. It is advisable to […]

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Changes to the Law of Intestacy

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill comes into force on 1st October 2014 and contains two new measures for improving the riules on how an estate is distributed if someone dies without making a Will. Under the new Bill when someone dies without children the entire estate will pass to the surviving spouse instead of […]

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Inheritance Tax and Gifts – Tips from the experts

Every year you can gift away assets or cash up to the value of your annual gift exemption allowance of £3,000. You can carry forward unused allowances from the previous year so this would allow a couple to gift £12,000 if they had not made any gifts the previous year. If your income exceeds your […]

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