Estate planning sets out how your assets will be distributed, who they will go to, and when. Without making an estate plan or a Will, the Intestacy rules will be used to decide what happens to your assets.
Can I make gifts as a Power of Attorney? It’s a common question, and the answer is yes – but there are strict rules to be adhered to. Neil MacGillivray, Head Of Technical Support at James Hay explains.
Varied and versatile, your adviser may discuss trusts with you when making their recommendation. They’re a useful part of an adviser’s tool box – allowing you to set aside assets for specified beneficiaries. Find out more about how they can be used, and the controls you can set.
News headlines of tax avoidances schemes can be unsettling, especially if you worked to protect the assets you have a built up over many years to go to your chosen beneficiaries rather the tax man.
The Bank of Mum and Dad is now our ninth largest mortgage provider, up a place in the rankings from the year before. And the parental (and grand parental) generosity doesn’t stop there. Justin Urquhart Stewart, of Seven Investment Management, expands on families financial habits.
In recent years final salary pension schemes have been phased out by employers because people are living for longer and the uncrystallised liabilities are wreaking havoc with corporate balance sheets. Robert Blumberger explains why this is happening and sounds a cautionary note for those attracted to the idea of transferring.