Use a lasting power of attorney – your questions answered

Use a lasting power of attorney – your questions answered

Since we launched the Use a lasting power of attorney service on 17 July, we’ve received lots of questions from people wanting to know more information on how the service works and how it is helping our customers. We’ve put these questions to Caroline (Kaz) Hufton...
Inheritance Tax receipts decrease for the first time in a decade

Inheritance Tax receipts decrease for the first time in a decade

In a recent report from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it was shown that the amount of income generated from Inheritance Tax (IHT) decreased to £5.2 billion last year, which is a decrease of £223 million or 4%. This was the first decrease in a decade. The last...
Temporary Coronavirus Law Allows Witnessing of Wills on Video

Temporary Coronavirus Law Allows Witnessing of Wills on Video

A temporary law allowing wills to be witnessed over video has sparked warnings it could leave vulnerable people open to abuse and lead to more legal challenges. The Government plans to legalise the remote witnessing of wills and backdate the measure to 31 January –...
Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

Wills, probate and estate administration in a COVID-19 world

It’s no secret – the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has posed several challenges to almost every aspect of our lives. The Wills and probate industry is no exception. Processes, laws and timelines have all been pushed to their limits over the past few months as...

Covid-19: Avoid the Temptation of a DIY Will

With the current climate of social distancing and avoiding mixing with people outside of your household as much as possible it might be tempting to consider writing your own will. After all, you may feel this is safer as you avoid the need to travel out to visit a...