Charles Dickens’ Will and Funeral Plan – His Final Plot

Charles Dickens’ Will and Funeral Plan - His Final Plot

Death is said to be the great leveller – even when it comes to the paperwork. The private life of Charles Dickens would have made the perfect plot for one of his own stories. His novels made him famous around the world, and he created some of the greatest characters of all time – including […]

What is a Trust and do I need one?

What is a trust and do I need one?

A Trust is a legal arrangement in which a person (the Settlor) transfers the ownership of some of his or her assets to one or more Trustees, who manage the assets on behalf of one or more Beneficiaries (who will receive the assets or income). There are many reasons why this would be done: The […]

Changes to Inheritance Tax in the 2015 Budget

Changes to Inhertance Tax in the 2015 Budget

Inheritance Tax is charged on the transfer of property passing on death (chargeable transfers) subject to various exemptions and reliefs, notably for certain business and agricultural property. It is also levied on certain lifetime gifts. In the UK, death taxes were first introduced in 1796 to finance the war against Napoleon, but inheritance tax as […]