IHT Spouse Exemption – Key Facts You Need to Know

When it comes to writing your Will and planning division of your estate, it’s important to have a good understanding of UK inheritance tax laws. Making the right financial decisions now will not only ensure financial security for your spouse, but will also future proof your assets for children and other dependants. In this post, […]

IHT Compliance Checks by H. M. Revenue and Customs

According to recent information released by HMRC more than 5,000 inheritance tax cases are opened for investigation each year representing about one quarter of estates that pay inheritance tax. Dealing with these compliance checks can be complicated and time consuming. At Probaters we have considerable experience in dealing with such investigations and if you are […]

Bank of Mum and Dad – Possible Probate Implications

Owing to the state of the economy and the nature of our housing market, loans and gifts from parents to children are becoming increasingly common. Although the temptation is to be completely informal in making these arrangements, it might be worth considering how they should be recorded and documented. HMRC look closely at estates where […]

Blog – IT Change at the Probate Service

  The probate service is not used to such publicity! As well as the fiasco over the proposed fee increase Probate Registries across the country are, I understand, transferring to a new computer system to enable them to monitor and process applications, and to cope with the recently introduced digital online applications. There is likely […]

Howlett Clarke Solicitors (also known as Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke) are Closing Their Practice

No doubt the firm is in the middle of many probate cases. If you are an affected executor or administrator, please call us. We can offer you a free review of the current status of your probate and, if you agree, we can take on the case and complete the administration at an agreed fee. […]

Howlett Clarke Solicitors (also known as Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke) have gone bust

Administrators were appointed last week.  No doubt the firm is in the middle of many probate cases.  If you are an affected executor or administrator, please call us.  We can offer you a free review of the current status of your probate and, if you agree, we can take on the case and complete the […]

The Inexorable Move to Online Everything – including probate

On 26th April 2018, Probaters received an email from the Probate Service of England and Wales informing us that the following day the rules were going to be changed to require applications to be made online.  As so little notice had been given the Probate Service have kindly advised us that until procedures are clearer, we […]

Simplifying Inheritance Tax – What a good idea!

The most obvious simplification would be to remove the stupendously complicated residential nil rate band and instead increase the basic IHT allowance (frozen at £325,000 since 2009) to £500,000. But that did not figure in the two-part review of inheritance tax being carried out by the Office of Tax Simplification. The first part of their […]