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Government ditch increased probate fee proposals (for time being)

Government ditch increased probate fee proposals (for time being)

As you may be aware, the fee to apply for a grant of probate was set to rise from May this year. The Government were proposing to scrap the current fixed court fee of £155, and replace it with a sliding scale based on the value of the deceased’s estate, with fees ranging between £300 […]

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Family Disputes Over Wills And Inheritance

Family Disputes Over Wills And Inheritance

By Peter Stafford – Managing Director Recent cases in the press have again highlighted the increasing number of cases being brought in the courts in relation to a family member’s Will or lack thereof. Last year we highlighted potential claims involving the estate of Heath Ledger (who had not made a Will but left a […]

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Why Make A Will?

Why Make A Will?

A Will helps you put your final affairs in order by directing exactly who should inherit your hard earned assets. If you do not make a Will then the intestacy rules will apply which could see your money going to people you didn’t expect or them receiving amounts you wouldn’t wish. Without making a Will […]

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Inheritance tax main residence allowance comes into effect

Inheritance tax main residence allowance comes into effect

The main residence tax allowance of £100,000 planned by former chancellor George Osborne to reduce inheritance liability has now come into effect. Inheritance tax is set at 40% and becomes payable once the tax free threshold of £325,000 has been passed. It is one of the most unpopular taxes as it reduces the amount of […]

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NHS employee protects pension rights in dispute over notice period

NHS employee protects pension rights in dispute over notice period

 An employee has protected her pension rights after winning a dispute with the NHS over when her contract came to an end. The issue arose when Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust sent Sandi Haywood a letter by recorded delivery on 20 April 2011 giving 12 weeks’ notice that her employment would end on 15 […]

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