Valuing your estate

Arriving at the amount of Inheritance Tax payable

To arrive at the amount of Inheritance Tax potentially payable when valuing your estate, you need to include assets (property, possessions, investments and money) you own and certain assets you have given away during the last seven years. The valuation must accurately reflect what those assets would reasonably receive in the current open market. Continue reading…


Getting the foundations right

The later you leave it, the more limited your options will be
Successful planning is dependent on getting the foundations right, and it is most effective when it is conducted early. The later you leave it, the more limited your options will be. Current rules mean that the survivor of a marriage or registered civil partnership can benefit from up to double the Inheritance Tax threshold – 650,000 in the current tax year, in addition to the entitlement to the full spouse relief. Continue reading…


Inheritance tax ‘Nil Rate Band’ and rates

Is it time to evaluate your estate?
We can help you evaluate the size of your estate—which could include assets such as property, pensions, shares and personal property—and identify the opportunities that will help you avoid or reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax your family will have to pay on your estate and enable you to preserve wealth for your dependants if the worst comes to the worst. Continue reading…


Inheritance Tax matters

Perhaps not quite the ‘voluntary’ tax it was once considered

Effective estate planning is about getting the right balance between maintaining access to your money when you need it and saving tax. This is because, in general, the more tax-efficient a solution is, the less access you have to your assets. Safeguarding your own financial future is very important and giving too much away could put this at risk. Continue reading…


Make the most of every available tax-planning opportunity

You’d better get your skates on with the end of tax year fast approaching

No one likes to pay more tax than they have to but one of the challenges of wealth is the high taxation it attracts. With real-terms tax increases the prospect for the foreseeable future the pressure is on to make the most of every available tax-planning opportunity. Continue reading…


Cashing in on alternatives in 2014

Taking a step up the risk ladder means assessing your appetite for risk

It has been a torrid time for cash savers over the past five years. The Bank of England Base Rate has been on hold at its 300-year low of 0.5% since March 2009. Although there have been murmurings of a possible rise in interest rates on the horizon, savers should still explore all the options available to generate a return from their savings. Continue reading…


Its good to talk

Don’t leave tricky money conversations hanging in the air this New Year

The Family Financial Tree report from Standard Life looked at the family money tree over four generations and makes some surprising findings. It reveals how families collectively manage and have talked about their personal finances. Continue reading…