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Planning for the future

As you begin to plan for 2018 – perhaps a holiday, home improvements, maybe a new car –
why not consider spending a modest amount of money guarding against costly problems that could arise.

As more people own their own property, extended families become commonplace and life expectancy increases, it is important to think about who will look after us in old age and who should benefit from our estate when we die.
Making a Will provides an opportunity not only to make sure you leave your estate in accordance with your wishes but also to consider the impact of Inheritance Tax and care home fees.
A Lasting Power of Attorney provides security for you by ensuring that someone you trust has the authority to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

Do you really need a Will?

Yes, because it will enable you to:
• Say exactly who will benefit from your estate.
• Consider and provide financial care and guardianship for your children or future children and other dependants.
• Avoid the complications of intestacy (where you die without having made a Will
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Why you need a Lasting Powers of Attorney ?

A Will only becomes effective on your death but what would happen if, through illness or
accident, you were unable to make decisions or do things for yourself?
Who would look after your affairs?
Without a Lasting Power of Attorney no one would be able to access your financial accounts, pay your bills, maintain your home or arrange your personal welfare. A costly application would have to be made to Court and detailed financial accounts filed each year.
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What about Inheritance Tax ?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax charged by the Government on the value of a person’s estate at their death. The estate will include your home and contents, car, jewellery, savings and investments. Inheritance Tax is charged at the rate of 40%.
From April 2017 the Inheritance Tax rules changed with the introduction of a Residential Nil-Rate band.
The first £325,000 of a person’s estate (known as the “nil rate band”) is not charged to Inheritance Tax. If an estate is worth less than £325,000, no Inheritance Tax is payable.
The sum of £325,000 (or £650,000 combined) may be increased to £500,000 (or £1,000,000 combined) under certain circumstances using the new Residential Nil-Rate Band.
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