If you want to control the gift, then it really is not a gift. It is a contribution to the property and you need to protect it in a declaration of trust. This may restrict the level of mortgage that can be obtained. However, it is best to be fully advised and really understand the outcomes.
I think it is important to have that conversation; after all, if you love each other and want to set up home together and spend your life together, isn’t it important to know how each other would be looked after if disaster struck? Would you buy a property that you love without having a survey? Or insuring it? Best to know where you stand?
Ben specialises in the problems that cause us angst in our every day life. He relishes the idea of helping a client with the issues that literally could be a legal nuisance, such as a noisy neighbour, or one who has erected the fence over your boundary.
Clients speak to Leah knowing it is in complete confidence and without judgment.
On the sad event of someone’s death there is the potential silver lining of some financial benefit. However, could there be circumstances where an inheritance might place someone in a worse position?
Whenever someone is diagnosed with a condition that will lead to mental incapacity it is always a very difficult time for everyone involved. For this reason, it is best to prepare for the future as soon as possible and not wait for the situation to arise.
There is a rapid growth of wealth amongst young people in Britain, meaning that the number of estates that will be hit with an IHT bill is set to rise. This is if the current government doesn’t decide to scrap the scheme altogether.
Executors often attempt to calculate Inheritance Tax, or bravely face HMRC’s mammoth IHT400 return for Inheritance Tax without professional advice, only to find themselves in a muddle.
Inheritance tax is a tax that needs to be paid by a person or their estate and is most commonly paid when someone dies or when setting up a trust.
In the eighth episode of the #TVLawyer Podcast, Melinda Giles speaks to Giles Wilson Conveyancer Executive Jodie O’Regan about the value solicitors provide during the house moving process.
In the seventh episode of the #TVLawyer Podcast, Melinda Giles speaks to Residential Property Client Support Executive Flora Wallace about the important first stages involved in buying and selling a home.
In the sixth episode of the #TVLawyer Podcast, Melinda Giles speaks to Giles Wilson Probate Executive Victoria Ferguson about Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and later life, and why planning ahead is so important for the future.
In the fifth episode of the #TVLawyer Podcast, Melinda Giles talks to Giles Wilson Associate and integral member of our Private Client department Demi Trunks about the complexities of probate sales and transfers.
In the fourth episode of the #TVLawyer Podcast, Melinda Giles talks to Giles Wilson Partner and expert in later-life legal matters Pippa Bavington to break down the considerations and complexities involved with equity release.
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