Latest Blogs in Probate and Estate Administration
Andrew Winearls
8th November 2018 Probate Fees Hike

The government is to push ahead with plans to change the fees for applying for probate, which will see many executors faced with funding significantly higher fees in order to obtain probate to enable them to administer the estate. The changes, which are planned to come in from next April, will see the introduction of…

Barbara Nicholas
31st August 2017 Inheritance Tax – new exemption for residences

For deaths occurring on or after 6 April 2017, an additional exemption is available where a residence passes to a direct descendant.  At the moment, this amounts to £100,000 but it’s set to increase over the next few years, to a maximum of £175,000 in April 2020.  Commonly known as the Residence Nil Rate Band…

Nick Edgley
21st April 2017 Probate fee increases scrapped – for now…

The government’s proposed increase to probate fees – from the current £215 to a potential maximum of £20,000 – have been scrapped, as there will not be sufficient time for the regulations to pass through parliament before the snap general election. These changes were highly controversial due to the size of the increase – the…

Philip Peters
27th February 2017 Progressive Capital Taxation.

Probate: Fees hike to go ahead. Despite an overwhelmingly negative response to its proposals, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is pressing ahead with the introduction of a new scale of fees to be imposed on the executors of deceased estate. Up to now, when executors apply for probate, a flat rate fee…

Nick Edgley
4th July 2013 IHT Planning

Use Lifetime Trusts to Save Inheritance Tax. With the government confirming in the last Budget that the current inheritance tax nil rate band of £325,000 will be frozen until 2018, more and more people will find the taxman taking a sizeable slice of their estate on death. Making gifts during your lifetime is one solution…

Ian Piper
24th January 2012 Top 10 Tax Elections to Minimise Tax

Examples of the most helpful and generous tax elections and claims include: s222(5a) TCGA 1992 (Nomination of main residence) This capital gains tax election, often referred to as ‘flipping’, enables taxpayers, who own and reside in more than one home, to inform HMRC which of these homes is their principal private residence. For those who…