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Proposed Simplification of Inheritance Tax

Sweeping reform of inheritance tax has been recommended to cut the complexity of the so-called ‘death tax’, but experts are warning that individuals will need to review existing planning if the changes go ahead. Headline recommendations to government from the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) include changing the rules surrounding gifts of cash, property...

Guidance on How to Make A Will

Guidance on How to Make A Will

Though it may be tempting to delay making a will until a later date, it’s essential if you want to ensure your estate is distributed among your beneficiaries without complications. Here, we take a look at the six basic steps involved in making a will and why it’s a good idea to seek professional...

Challenging Wills

Challenging Wills

Distributing the estate of a deceased person is a challenge that often results in legal wrangles between family and friends, especially if they feel that they haven’t been included in the will or have been ‘short-changed’ in some way. This can lead to family arguments and even a challenge to the will itself. But...

Autumn Budget 2018

Autumn Budget Statement 2018

Chancellor’s anti-austerity spending spree has few surprises An anti-austerity package of £30 billion of government spending was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, drawing on improved public finance projections to support a range of new initiatives. Predicted growth for 2019 now stands at 1.6%, up from 1.3% forecast in spring and the Office for...

A Guide to Constructive Dismissal

A Guide to Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal is when an employee is forced to leave their job because of their employer’s behaviour. There are various issues that could qualify as bad behaviour, but you need to know exactly what could be regarded as contributing to constructive dismissal, and what doesn’t. Who can claim constructive dismissal? Employees who have served...

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