Inheritance Tax (IHT) Allowances Frozen until 2026

Posted 05 March 2021 by Richard Tinkler

It has been announced that the IHT allowances have been frozen until 2026.  There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the IHT threshold would be increasing, as it typically has done over the years, or decreasing, in view of the ongoing pandemic.  For now, at least, it appears that for the next few years there appears to be no imminent plans for the IHT threshold to change – though this is not absolutely guaranteed.  The Budget in March 2021 has not introduced any shocks in terms of the law relating to IHT. If you would like advice relating to your inheri...

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Frequently Asked Question about Private Client Law during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted 17 February 2021 by Richard Tinkler

Frequently Asked Question about Private Client Law during the Covid-19 Pandemic As a Solicitor specialising in Private Client law, covering wills, probate and powers of attorney, there are many questions I am frequently asked by potential clients in the context of the ongoing pandemic– here are a few below with answers which you may find helpful.  If you have any questions not answered below, please feel free to give us a call.  Please note the answers below are for general information purposes only and do not constitute advice.  Always speak with a Solicitor in relati...

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‘No Fault’ Divorce

Posted 05 November 2020 by Dawn Pennell

Dawn Pennell considers ‘no fault’ divorce It seems that the ‘blame game’ is finally about to end.  At present divorcing couples need to demonstrate that their marriage has irretrievably broken down and are forced to blame each other by saying that their spouse has behaved unreasonably, has committed adultery or deserted them unless they can prove that they have lived apart for two years with the other’s consent or five years without that consent.  This often increases legal fees and animosity at such an early stage making later discussions regarding ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Family Law

Posted 05 November 2020 by Dawn Pennell

What is ‘no fault’ divorce? A proposed change to divorce law with implementation likely in the Autumn of 2021 whereby couples will be able to petition for divorce without either person having to be held to be at fault.  I have been married for five months – can I get divorced? In order to divorce you must have been married for at least one year.  Can I apply for a divorce if my spouse lacks mental capacity? You can apply for divorce even if your spouse lacks mental capacity and is unable to agree to the divorce or to take part in the proceedings.  Your ...

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