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So – is there really now a £1 million threshold for inheritance tax?

In his recent (and first Conservative) budget, the Chancellor George Osborne introduced a new plan to increase the threshold for inheritance tax which, when fully implemented, will mean that in some cases a couple will be able to leave estate of up to £1million to their heirs without paying inheritance tax, as opposed to the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Rik Mayall’s Inheritance Tax bill could be no joke…

I was truly upset to hear the news that one of my favourite ever comedians, The Rik Mayall (as he liked to be styled) had died in June 2014 aged only 56. Star of such shows as The Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder and The New Statesman, Rik was well-loved but, it seems, not so well-advised… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How Much Do I Love Thee…?

So, Valentine’s Day is approaching and the shops are full of heart-covered cards, fluffy teddy bears, chocolates and red roses. It seems that every year people compete to spend as much as they can on proving to others how deeply they feel for them in expensive yet transient ways. But a more permanent way that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

More from “The Archers” – where there’s a Will, there’s a disappointed brother…

As faithful readers may recall, I have blogged about the Archers before and the show is, after all, designed to reflect everyday life. A recent storyline involved Ed Grundy and his family, who have been staying with his girlfriend Emma’s parents for a while due to lack of funds, taking a tenancy of a house… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

A guide to Wills – questions and answers.

Appointing Executors

“Why do I need a Will?” Everybody dies, and in most cases, no-one knows when that will be. You should be prepared for this so that the loved ones you leave behind know your wishes when the time comes. A Will gives you control over what happens to your estate (ie just about everything you… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Even guitar legends can get dementia

Australian rockers AC/DC have found a place in many people’s hearts (not least my own) over the decades and are due to release their latest album in December, followed by a world tour in 2015. Not bad for a bunch of guys whose youngest current member, Angus Young (the perennial schoolboy) is 59, and whose… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Happy Birthday, Harry!

I would imagine not many of my loyal readers received a lump sum of £10 million or more on their thirtieth birthday, as Prince Harry will do when he hits the big 3-0 on 15 September 2014. But then, your mother wasn’t Diana, Princess of Wales, who died on 31 August 1997 aged only 36… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

“Do It Yourself” Executors Don’t Always Do It Right…

A recent article in the Law Society Gazette carried the headline “Will Claims Triple As Families Pick DIY Executors Over Solicitors” – an alarming statistic! The piece goes on to explain that “claims” in this case means specifically “claims for mishandling a deceased’s estate” and that figures released by the Chancery Division (the part of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

A “Sting” in the tail for Sting’s children…

Gordon Sumner, aka Sting, solo musician and former member of The Police, has made plenty of money over the years – according to The Guardian newspaper, he is worth a cool £180 million, which makes him the ninth richest musician in Britain and Ireland on the Sunday Times 2013 Rich List. However, his six children… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Jeremy Clarkson is actually right about something!

I’m sure you are all aware of Jeremy Clarkson, whose opinions often polarise the public.  Sadly his mother died recently of cancer and he wrote an article for the Sunday Times in the aftermath where he made some points with which, for a change, I agree. Obviously, Mrs Clarkson was in a position to know… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)