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And so this is Christmas…

I was lucky enough to get away in November and spent ten days in the African heat.  On arrival back Gatwick was shut, the rail network was at a virtual standstill and the long cold Winter had begun. After a few weeks,  here we are again.  A foot of snow...

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Complexity, intensity and unpredictability of needs

There is almost a stock answer that has developed for refusing NHS Continuing Care amongst the Primary Care Trusts all over the country. After acres of paper, visits, months if not years waiting the letter drops through the door simply stating that the complexity, intensity or unpredictability are not sufficient...

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End of life – making your choices

It is Dementia Awareness Week starting on 4 July. Surveys by doctors suggest that advanced dementia is the illness people fear the most. I find people often spend a lot of time contemplating inheritance when it comes to drafting their will. Who do they want to leave various possessions to?...

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The family home – what can you do to save inheritance tax?

IHT and the Family Home Ever since increases in residential property values began to outstrip the Inheritance Tax (IHT) nil rate band (currently £325,000 per person) how to mitigate the tax attributable to the family home has become a major challenge. But it isn’t just about tax. All too often...

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The Family Home – keep it in the family

Although the markets have wobbled over the past few years, the rising value of property continues to outstrip the Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band.  When you die, unless you make plans beforehand, there may be some tax to pay. Along side the position on death, is the current issue over...

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With a Little Preparation You Can Avoid the Court of Protection

The Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection are hardly out of the news these days. It is not hard to understand that those looking after the most vulnerable in our society need and deserve considerable support to carry out what is often an onerous role. It...

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