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How to protect your estate from Inheritance Tax

Rising property prices is causing increasing numbers of people to be hit by Inheritance Tax (IHT). The nil rate band is currently £325,000 per person or up to £650,000 for a married couple or civil partners. If you are married or in a civil partnership your partner’s unused allowance can be transferred to you on […]

18th July 2019 David Birchall

News

New appointments strengthen Beswicks Legal team

Beswicks Legal has welcomed two new additions to its team. Experienced wills and estates solicitor Caroline Hewitt has joined the private wealth team. Caroline has expertise in all areas of private wealth work and specialises in the administration of estates and trusts. Caroline is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). […]

HR

Five top tips on settlement agreements

Formerly known as a compromise agreement, settlement agreements are used to bring employment to an end on mutually agreed terms. They often involve payment of ‘compensation’ by the employer, on the basis that the employee won’t bring any claims against them

Private Wealth

Majority of people unaware of the risks of using unregulated will-writers

Six out of 10 people are completely unaware that will-writers in the UK are unregulated, leaving consumers with no protection at all. By having a will written by a qualified solicitor, however, people can be sure of their adviser's professional credentials and the body that regulates the services that they provide.

Property

First-time buyers' reliance on 'bank of mum and dad' could exempt them from stamp duty relief.

Many first-time buyers need to accrue significant savings and parental contributions in addition to a mortgage to begin their property ownership journey. But relying on the ‘bank of mum and dad’ can create problems with first-time buyer Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief.

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