Pre-recession house price inflation means many homeowners fall into the Inheritance Tax net and with more and more people buying second homes, in the UK or abroad, there is increased need to use specialist advice to protect estates.
Inheritance Tax planning
House price inflation in the UK means that Inheritance Tax is no longer “a tax on the rich”. The threshold for Inheritance Tax remains at £325,000 for the tax year 2019/2020. An additional allowance of £150,000 (due to increase to £175,000 for the tax year 2020/2021) may be available to some individuals in specific circumstances. Inheritance Tax is taxed at 40% on death and is payable on the value of the estate that exceeds the individual’s available allowance.
A wide range of tax planning measures can be taken to reduce the potential for paying Inheritance Tax. Our experts can advise you on the best options for your particular situation.
Probate and administration of estates on death
Our team of Probate specialists provide advice with understanding and sensitivity when winding up and administrating estates. They can establish whether it is necessary to obtain a Grant to allow assets to be collected and distributed and advise on the type of Grant required. They can also advise on the likelihood of any inheritance tax implications, the process of reporting to HMRC and the options available to the estate and personal representatives for paying the tax. Where appropriate, the service includes tax saving advice to ensure the estate is passed on to the beneficiaries in as efficient manner as possible.
For information on our probate fees click here.
Trusts can be created during a person’s lifetime or in a Will upon death. They allow for the management and protection of assets to ensure that your estate passes to the intended beneficiary. Trusts also provide a mechanism for maintaining disabled, vulnerable or minor beneficiaries. Both property and/or cash assets can be transferred into Trust depending on the client’s wishes.
Although trusts can be very useful in many circumstances, they are not suitable for all clients. Our legal team will advise you of the advantages and disadvantages of transferring assets into trust, taking into account your particular circumstances and desired outcomes, in order to assist you in your estate planning. We will also advise on the trust formalities and provide information regarding the ongoing management of the trust, including tax and registration implications.
We are also able to offer advice and assistance in relation to lifetime and Will trusts already in existence.
For more information please contact the office to book an appointment.
For advice upon Wills, Probate and LPAs contact: Hannah Pedley, Associate Solicitor.
Our Private Client Team
Hannah Pedley is an Associate Solicitor who joined Newman & Bond in April 2018. Following qualification in 2017 Hannah handled a mixture of property and private client files before choosing to specialise in Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney when she joined Newman & Bond.
Hannah is an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is undergoing further qualification in pursuit of attaining her full membership and becoming a recognised Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). She has handled a variety of different matters and the feedback received from clients has always been extremely positive.
Wanda Halliday joined Newman & Bond in 2002 and has worked as an assistant in the Private Client Department for over 10 years. Wanda helps with initial enquiries and any queries that arise during the matter. Wanda can take calls and messages when Miss Pedley is not available.
Recent comments from surveys returned include:
“Considering the very difficult circumstances things couldn’t have been done much differently. Well done Hannah!”
“I can’t say thank you enough. You are always helpful and there when I need anything. Thank you.”
“Thank you for your usual high quality service.”
“I have received a first class service from start to finish. I have skilfully been guided through the whole process. Thank you very much.”
“We were very satisfied with the service and made at ease. This service was very good. Thank you so much.”
“Excellent service. Calls answered promptly and very polite and helpful. Hannah excellent.”
“Thank you for your expertise in the transaction.”
“We had excellent service from Hannah and all the staff involved. We use them for all our legal matters. We have already recommended them. I do not think that you could improve such an excellent service, so friendly and professional.”
“I know of no further improvements as I am completely satisfied with the service I have received.”
“Over many years I have used the services of N&B for my business and personal legal needs. At no time have I had reason to doubt their sound advice and professionalism. ”
“Miss Pedley was extremely pleasant and helpful at all times. She answered my phone calls quickly and sorted out my queries patiently.”
“Excellent service from beginning to end. (even during lockdown)”
“The solicitor’s attitude was good and understandable. Felt comfortable even though we were under pressure from “the virus”.”
“I was quite pleased with the way things were handled during lock down.”
“You are all really nice and helpful. I can’t thank you enough.”
“I have asked Newman & Bond on several occasions to act on my behalf on various matters, and always had a very satisfactory outcome. ”
“As an ordinary lay person I could not ask for any better professionalism than I’ve already received from Newman & Bond. From the very beginning to the present day. Thanks. ”
“This is not a "normal" time because of the dreadful pandemic. However, I believe that Newman & Bond have worked as quickly as they could in order to get the grant of probate and the updated title. They have always been available by email if I had any queries. Their service overall has been very good. ”
“We used Newman & Bond 39 years ago when we bought our house. Same professional, friendly service then as is now. Thank you, especially Hannah Pedley.”
“I was impressed at how things were explained to me and also how quickly my new will was drawn up. Thank you to you all.”
“We would like to thank Hannah and her secretary for making the arrangements to come outside and see my mother-in-law, during a time of uncertainty when she did not want to enter a public space due to Covid, and her mobility, restricting her to walk very far.”
“All the staff I spoke to were extremely helpful and efficient. I can’t really see any improvement to the service I received. Staff explained things and the paperwork sent out was easy to understand.”
Everything was carried out to my satisfaction under difficult circumstances because of the virus. I have used Newman & Bond on previous occasions, would not use any other company. You could not improve the service, especially as it was carried out a very difficult time (virus).
I felt at ease with Hannah at an uneasy time. Completely satisfied so no improvement needed.
I remember Mr Keeping. Since then you have remained my family solicitor. That speaks for itself. Home visit particularly appreciated. Friendly approach, starting with the receptionist on, greatly valued.
Everything done to our satisfaction.
Hannah was very efficient all the way through the will making process, explaining many points that we were unaware of. Existing clients who will continue to use you whenever a need arises. We have recommended you in the past and will continue to do so in the future. A very good informative service.
Very satisfied with everything you have done and would use again and recommend.
Extremely professional, answered all queries and questions, nothing was too much trouble. I would definitely recommend to friends and will continue to use Newman & Bond in the coming years. We have recommended to friends. Ms Pedley has been incredibly helpful in all legal matters we have discussed and arranged with her. Very professional, approachable and I would have no problems using Ms Pedley for my present and future business.
A superb service, excellent communication at all times. Caring and professional attitude treating us as a family with a lovely caring attitude, showing sympathy and understanding at a very difficult time.
Lovely service, lovely people