It’s January, a time for fresh starts and positive changes, new gym memberships and healthier eating. Whatever, you’ve resolved to change or do in 2022, it’s not too late to add another – very important – task to your plan: making a Will. You’ll be surprised how good you feel once you’ve finally crossed it off your to-do list.
Thinking and talking about dying is something no-one wants to do. But having those difficult conversations and making plans now, while you’re alive and in good health, will protect your loved ones from the potential nightmare of you dying without a Will.
Research shows that almost two thirds of UK adults don’t have a Will. That’s not to say they don’t know the importance of having one; it’s often just that they haven’t got around to it yet. Sadly, putting it off until tomorrow could mean your loved ones lose out on what you hoped to leave them in the future.
It is common practice for couples to leave everything to each other in their Wills, with the estate passing on to their children when the surviving partner dies. However, this arrangement – known as Mirror Wills – may not protect your children from losing their inheritance in the future.
In such uncertain times, we feel privileged that our clients have turned to us as trusted advisors across all the services we offer at RfM. We have been urged by a number of grateful clients to spread the word about our Will review service and encourage others to consider what we usually don’t think about.
Making a Will brings peace of mind that your loved ones will receive the inheritance you wish to give them in the future. However, a Will alone does not always protect against the ‘what ifs’: those unexpected yet common life events that could lead to your loved ones losing their inheritance. Here we look at the benefits of using a Trust alongside a Will to make a formidable estate plan.
According to a recent report from property experts, Savills, 75% of the UK’s housing wealth is now owned by the over 50s. Small wonder, then, that the yield from Inheritance Tax is rising. What can you do to minimise the impact of IHT on your estate?
If making a Will is something you keep meaning to do but haven’t got around to, we can’t stress the importance of moving it up your ‘to do’ list.
Inheritance Tax (IHT) at a rate of 40% may be charged on the estate when someone dies, unless it has been left to a spouse or civil partner. When planning to mitigate the impact of IHT, there are a number of key points and tax reliefs to bear in mind.