Probate and estate administration

16 June 2020

Company Succession Planning: Death of a sole director – now what?

Company succession planning is critical to ensure that a company can continue to run in the unfortunate event that a director (or shareholder) dies. If there are other surviving directors, they are able to step in and run the company, but what happens when a sole company director dies?

Diva Shah

12 June 2020

Executors Briefing - Tax and the Family Home

In many estates, the deceased’s home is the principal asset whose value often tips the estate over the inheritance tax (IHT) threshold. The status of the deceased’s house/flat as “family home “attracts little special tax treatment beyond the additional “residence nil rate band” for IHT purposes if it’s left to “direct descendants”. But a house within an estate does illustrate well the main issues of valuation for IHT on death and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) implications when the property is sold by the Executors.

Jim Sawer

28 January 2020

Intestacy: The statutory legacy increases – what does this mean?

The UK government has confirmed that the amount a surviving spouse or civil partner is entitled to receive in England and Wales where a person dies intestate (without a valid will) leaving children will be increased. The statutory legacy will be increased by £20,000 from £250,000 to £270,000. The changes will come into force on 6 February 2020.

Diva Shah

5 December 2019

French matrimonial regimes: the wide ranging impact for couples with Anglo French connections

We discuss the various aspects that you should consider from a family and inheritance or succession perspective when deciding which matrimonial regime to elect (or whether to create another type of agreement), including what will happen by default if you do not select any. 

Colleen Hall (née Nwaodor)

5 December 2019

Funeral fall-outs and body battles – Who is in charge?

In most cases, after the death of a loved one, family members and those close to the deceased come together to agree a fitting and respectful ‘send-off’ for the deceased, whether that involves a funeral, burial, cremation, memorial service or any other way of saying ‘goodbye’.

Kate Salter

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