• Funeral Plans,  Wills

    UK Law Change Opens Doors for Mixed Sex Civil Partnerships

    The government have predicted thousands of mixed sex couples will enter into a civil partnership in 2020. A Government Equalities Office impact assessment published in July suggested that around 27,000 opposite sex partnerships could be registered in 2020 but that the uptake could be as high as 84,000. Mr Keidan and Ms Steinfeld helped launch a campaign and brought a judicial review legal challenge, arguing that the 2004 Civil Partnership Act breached article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, on the grounds that it discriminated against mixed sex couples. The couple lost in the lower courts before winning a landmark victory in the Supreme Court last year, which…

  • Funeral Plans,  Wills

    Funeral Costs Increased by 3.4% in 2019

    Although the thought of pre-planning your own funeral may feel somewhat morbid, there are actually many benefits to getting preparations in order whilst you are still alive and well. Today, many people choose to take out pre-paid funeral plans to obtain peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones. A funeral plan can also give you the freedom to get on and enjoy life, with the peace of mind that your funeral arrangements are taken care of. With this in mind, the average cost of a funeral has increased by 3.4% to £4,417 since last year. The increase is pushing a lot more grieving families into financial difficulties according to the latest ‘Cost of…

  • Funeral Plans

    Funeral Planning Checklist

    Funeral planning is an emotional and often costly process that is surrounded by a great deal of uncertainty. While it is best to discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones ahead of time, many people shy away from this difficult conversation or never get the chance to have it at all. Without some guidance, the options and information surrounding funerals can quickly become overwhelming at an already trying time. Planning a funeral in the wake of losing a loved one can leave you feeling lost and exhausted. To help you organise proceedings and to make sure you’ve got everything covered, we have created a funeral checklist below. These tasks will help…

  • Estate Administration

    What is Estate Administration?

    Estate Administration is the process of dealing with a person’s legal and tax affairs after they have died. It involves far more than obtaining a Grant of Probate (Confirmation in Scotland) which is just one element of the process. This means dealing with all their assets; such as property, shares and personal possessions, paying debts and paying any Inheritance Tax and Income Tax. Whatever is left in the estate is then transferred to the beneficiaries. Estate administration can be extremely complex and is required after every death, whether or not there is a Will. In order to complete the estate administration process, there are a number of tasks that need…

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