Deeds of variation

An inheritance sometimes creates tax or state benefit issues for a person receiving it but what are these potential issues, and can anything be done about them?

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Opportunities for IHT-free giving

Did you know you can reduce your inheritance tax liability on death by making tax-free lifetime gifts? We are now about to end the tax year 2021/2022, and with the next tax year beginning on April 6th you are running out of time to make use of the year’s exemptions and allowances. Making use of […]

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Winter can be a dangerous time for the elderly, as they are more vulnerable in the cold It is a sad fact that every year approximately 20,000 more people aged 65 years or over die during the winter months. Ways we can help the elderly in the winter months There are simple things we can […]

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Rise in probate fees

Costs of probate – or the administration of a Will – are rising by 26%. And the system is still taking far too long. We hope that increased cost will be accompanied by an improved service. Time will tell …

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Our Intestacy Rules Flowchart goes through all the steps taken to decide what happens if you die without having a valid Will.

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Intestacy is easy to avoid

What is ‘Intestacy’? And what happens if you die with no Will? In the event that an individual dies in England and Wales without a Will or their Will only disposes of part of their assets then their residuary estate (or the undisposed part thereof) will fall under the Rules of Intestacy – described in […]

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An LPA lets loved ones care for you

Lasting Powers of Attorney are not just for the elderly, so it’s time to modernise – and digitise – this important document. The Office of the Public Guardian and Solicitors for the Elderly are in consultation about how to get this right.

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Probate fees are being revised by the Ministry of Justice: we provide a breakdown of the fees that will have to be paid when administering a Will.

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We support the charity Will Aid

Cunningtons support charity and the local community through Will Aid.

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Lasting Power of Attorney

Having a Lasting Power of Attorney means your loved ones can care for you if the worst happens. Order an LPA for your unknown future.

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Dementia care week

In Dementia Action Week we increase focus on that vulnerable section of society who are losing out in our broken care system.

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Siblings dispute Will

When one child is disinherited, there will obviously be friction: but is it right to suggest a testator is incapable of writing their own Will?

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