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Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning

Peace of mind for your family: Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning.   Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying that “nothing is certain except death and taxes”. It’s a sombre thought, but it is important to have the correct planning in place to ensure that your estate passes in accordance with…

Probate: We can help

We understand the loss of a loved one is a stressful and difficult time. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to complete a probate application we can assist and support you through the process.   Since 2015 Whitings LLP has been licenced to deal with non-contentious probate and we are undertaking…

Tax traps: Beware

With the UK tax system as complicated as ever, there are certain rules which we come across that can very easily give a particularly unexpected (and unpleasant) consequence. Income Tax When either parent has taxable earnings over £50k (after personal pension contributions), entitlement to child benefit is reduced. As higher rate income tax starts at…

Reducing your Inheritance Tax bill

With levels of inflation and house prices currently being so high, the value of your estate may be increasing exponentially when compared with the value of the long-frozen Nil Rate Band. This could mean more than ever that a portion of your estate may be stolen away through Inheritance Tax at 40% when you pass…

Probate: Instruct us

Having gained a  licence to deal with non-contentious probate in 2015, Whitings LLP continue to undertake more work to assist executors. This ranges from simple probate applications and filing of relevant forms through to administration of estates, acting as executors in some cases.   The process starts with preparing and periodically reviewing a Will in…

Minimising Your IHT Exposure

As Benjamin Franklin once said; the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Although it’s a sombre subject, it is important to put in place the right planning so that when we are hit by one, we can avoid the other. We want to ensure we are able to leave as much of…

Family Investment Companies: Pass on wealth IHT efficiently

Business owners who have built up a valuable private investment company (holding cash, private or quoted equity and/or property), accumulated either from scratch or after the sale of a trading company subsidiary, will be all too aware that the lack of entitlement to Business Property Relief (BPR) creates a problematic inheritance tax (IHT) exposure –…

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…

Wealth Preservation Seminar – Planning for the future

Whiting & Partners host their second annual Wealth Preservation Event at Huntingdon Racecourse on Wednesday 24 October. Discover how to manage your wealth effectively with advice from experts in investment strategy as well as tax and financial planning. The free event will welcome speakers from Whiting & Partners Tax and Wealth Management departments as well…

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…