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Government refund available for powers of attorney registered between 2013 and 2017

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If you registered a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, you could be entitled to a partial fee refund. Ben Jones, wills, probate and trusts specialists with Hancock Quins Solicitors in Watford, explains what to do if you believe you are eligible 

Does your will need a New Year health check?

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The start of a new year is an excellent time to take stock and get your life in order. If you have not already made a will, then now is the time to do so. Even if you have made your will, you should not assume that you have done all you can to put your affairs in order. Ben Jones, wills and probate solicitor at Hancock Quins, explains why if you do not regularly review your will it can easily fall out of date.

Affected by Alzheimer's: three-step plan to get your legal affairs in order

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and affects millions of people around the world.  Receiving a diagnosis can be devastating and immediate thoughts will inevitably turn to treatment and healthcare support.  However, it is also...

British citizens with foreign assets - does your will need updating?

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If you own property on mainland Europe, you need to make sure that your will includes appropriate provisions. Since August 2015 the EU Succession Regulation (EU 650/2012), also known as Brussels IV, has been in force. Although the UK did not sign up to the...

Estate planning for care home fees

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Concerns about protecting a client’s savings from the liability to pay for care home fees remains one of the most common concerns of clients who see us for estate planning advice. In the case of a married couple, one of the best ways to ensure that as...

The benefits of a lasting power of attorney

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A lasting power of attorney is a very powerful document that you use to give someone the right to manage your affairs. You decide who to appoint and decide the terms of their appointment. It must be registered with a court before it can be used which keeps...

Be charitable! Inheritance tax reduced rate for gifts to charity

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From April 2012, estates qualify for a reduced rate of inheritance tax on the whole estate if 10% of the estate (excluding the inheritance tax nil rate band) is left to charity. The normal 40% inheritance tax charge is reduced to 36% on the...