Buying Your Home – The Stamp Duty Sting

I was interested to see in my inbox this week a flyer from a loan company. It was no ordinary loan that was on offer, but a loan “to cover larger than expected stamp duty costs”. For those of us of grandparent age, it will not be an unfamiliar sight to see the stamp duty ...

2014 PROPERTY REVIEW

2014 was a year when we saw major upward corrections in the property market.  The Government introduced new drivers into the housing sector in 2013.  2014 saw the fruits of those incentives.  So how were property prices affected?   House prices in the South West rose at twice the rate of inflation last year, new ...

DIGITAL LIFE AFTER DEATH

In the days before technology, death was a relatively simple affair. The physical belongings of the person who had died could be carefully sorted through and boxed up and then divided amongst friends and family to act as a permanent and tangible reminder of a life. In the digital age, though, things are not so ...

INHERITANCE REFORMS

Many people have regarded the inheritance rules as unnecessarily restrictive and indeed punitive in their operation. For example, under the old rules if you were married, then died leaving no Will and no children, then after a statutory legacy of £450,000, half of this would have gone to your parents or siblings. New provisions came ...
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