Private Client Articles

28th May 2020

What is probate

A quick and comprehensive overview of Probate, what it is and why you may need it. You can find more information about Probate and how a solicitor can help you here.Read More >

28th May 2020

Wills – why do I need one

A quick and comprehensive overview of Wills, what they are and why you need one. You can find more information about Wills and how a solicitor can help you here.Read More >

28th May 2020

Lasting power of attorney

A quick and comprehensive overview of Lasting Power of Attorney, what it is and why you need one. You can find more information about Lasting Power of Attorney and how a solicitor can help you here.Read More >

28th May 2020

Legal advice for elderly clients

This video details 5 essential legal decisions to consider approaching later life. There are all sorts of options available to you. You can find more information about them and how a solicitor can help you here.Read More >

28th May 2020

Introducing Amanda

Amanda is a solicitor in the Private Client Department at Buss Murton Law in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. She specialises in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and other areas of Private Client Law.Read More >

25th February 2020

Inheritance Tax proposals and the impact upon “Bank of Mum and Dad” and first time buyers

Earlier this month an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) encouraged the Government to consider making significant reforms to Inheritance Tax in order to reduce the burden for increasing numbers of middle class families being dragged into the Inheritance Tax paying threshold. The proposals suggested that the current 40% should be reduced to a flat rate […]Read More >

29th October 2019

What to do when a person dies

It is not always obvious that there are procedures to follow. The first is where did the death occur? The most likely locations are at home, in a hospice, in a nursing home or in hospital. If at home and the death is sudden or unexpected, call the Police. If not unexpected or if it […]Read More >

16th October 2019

Government scraps planned increase in probate fees

The Government has abandoned plans for a new ‘death tax’ following months of widespread public opposition. The changes which were due to take effect last April, were delayed due to Parliament’s all-consuming Brexit talks and have now been postponed indefinitely. Instead probate fees and charges in relation to the running of the family and civil […]Read More >

29th August 2019

Falling house prices and lnheritance Tax

There can be a risk that by reason of the time delay between valuing land and buildings for the purposes of lnheritance Tax and the sale of the same, the value may fall. lnheritance Tax is paid on the date of death value and, in some cases, at least some of that is to be […]Read More >

28th August 2019

HMRC investigates well over 20% of all taxable estates

A freedom of information request by Discretionary Fund Managers Quilters show that the Revenue opened more than 5,000 Inheritance Tax investigations in a year, a figure representing well over 20% of the 22,000 estates that are liable to lnheritance Tax in that year. Whilst it is more often than not the case that persons named […]Read More >

30th July 2019

Inheritance tax – what the future may hold…

The shadow chancellor is considering plans to impose a new lifetime gifts tax with a threshold of just £125,000. The Labour party has confirmed it is considering plans that will increase the receipts from inheritance tax from its current £5.3bn per year to £15bn. This will include a radical shift from taxing estates to taxing […]Read More >

7th June 2019

I have received an inheritance which I do not wish to keep. What can I do?

As strange as it may seem, there may be circumstances where you might not want assets or monies left to you in a Will. In this situation you have a right to refuse the inheritance. There are two methods to remove inheritance from your hands. They have very di­fferent implications. One method would be to […]Read More >

21st December 2017

Mirror Wills – A Word of Caution

Mirror Wills or Joint Wills are legal documents where the contents of one Will are almost exactly replicated in the other. Read More >

13th December 2017

Latest News on Social Care Cost Funding

The £72,500 cap on social care costs that an individual could expect to spend on his or her residential care, which was due to come into effect in 2020, has been scrapped.Read More >

10th October 2017

Lasting Powers of Attorney: more applications but, an alert about fraud

There has been a 30% rise in the number of Lasting Power Attorney applications for registration received between April and June compared to the same period in 2016.Read More >

25th July 2017

Electronic communication: valid reflection of intention in your Will?

Discover the interesting debate about the Law Commission’s proposal to update the law on Wills to recognise electronic communications as a valid intentionRead More >

15th May 2017

The ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, intergenerational wealth and concerns re financial prudence.

Many of the over 55s wish to retain some control over how any money they leave to their offspring is spent. The recent growth in pensioner wealth and the obstacles to accessing the property ladder for many of the younger generations mean that a large portion of the older generation will bequeath large sums to children and grandchildren, and that the younger generation will not have had the experience of making decisions regarding such large asset values beforehand.Read More >

20th April 2017

Brexit, Brussels IV and Holiday Homes

Prior to August 2015, there was no unified system of succession law for those who were domiciled and habitually resident in England and Wales but who owned assets, such as a holiday home, elsewhere in Europe. This caused added expense when dealing with assets in Europe, and it was difficult to predict whether the intended beneficiary would inherit in line with the Testator’s intentions. Read More >

6th March 2017

“Offshore tax planning – HMRC replacing the carrot with a stick”

In the run up to 5 April, there is no time like the present to ‘get one’s house in order’ especially in relation to any offshore interests that you may have.Read More >

28th February 2017

Private clients need to be aware of the new charges for probate fees

The Ministry of Justice are to dramatically reform fees for grants of probate - these will rise in May 2017 as follows:Read More >

23rd November 2016

Beware of the Perils of Precedents

A recent High Court ruling has demonstrated that the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words trump the “overall purpose” of the Will when it comes to interpretation. Read More >

20th September 2016

Trustees’ Potential Liability for Investment Losses to Beneficiaries

There has been a recent judgement in the matter of Daniel and others and several solicitors acting as professional trustees. Read More >

8th June 2016

Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for Families

Increased Stamp Duty Rates May Cause Problems for FamiliesRead More >

8th June 2016

Inheritance Tax and the New Residence Nil Rate Band

Question: I am a widow and have been left financially comfortable on my husband’s death a few years ago.Read More >

8th June 2016

Lifetime Planning: Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills

Should we keep the Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust Wills that we have or should we change them to take the full effect of the new Residence based Inheritance Tax allowance?Read More >

8th June 2016

Peace of Mind: Taking Steps to Plan for your Future

Question: I am purchasing a property with my partner, but I am putting in more of the equity. What steps can I take to safeguard my position?Read More >

8th June 2016

The Dangers of Not Having an Appropriate Will

The recent case involving Joy Williams and her deceased partner Norman Martin’s family show how dangerous it is to jointly own property with another (such as a life partner), even if the ownership is appropriately structured as a tenancy in common, if you do not also have an appropriate Will in place.Read More >

17th March 2016

What is a COP Deputy

“Following on from the last article, if you are a Court of Protection Deputy – what does that mean and what can you do and what can you not do…?Read More >

26th February 2016

What is the Court of Protection?

Perhaps the first question to ask is what is a deputyRead More >

5th January 2016

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Put an LPA in Place?

Is your New Year's resolution to put an LPA in place?Read More >