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You shouldn’t have to worry about the worst case scenario. Death and taxes are inevitable, but planning can help you mitigate the risks of leaving a legacy to your loved ones. A little forethought can go a long way; our legal solutions are designed to protect your inheritance from all angles.

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Why do I need a will?

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Writing a will ensures that you have the final say on who the beneficiaries of your inheritance will be, and what will happen to your assets when you pass away

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What happens if I don’t make a will?

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Not leaving a will is called ‘dying intestate’ and can result in your inheritance going to the wrong person or, if your relatives cannot be traced, being taken by the state

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What should I do when someone dies?

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Losing a loved one is a stressful time, but with the right support you can take the necessary steps to begin getting their affairs in order

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What is a Trust?

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A trust is an obligation binding an individual or a company (called a 'trustee') to deal with 'property' in a particular way, for the benefit of one or more 'beneficiaries'

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What is a 'Trustee'?

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Trustees are the owners of the trust property, which means they are legally bound to look after this in a particular way and for a particular purpose

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What is 'Property'?

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The property of a trust can include money, investments, land, buildings and other assets, such as paintings. Cash and investments are called the 'capital' or 'fund'

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What if I am unable to manage my affairs?

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Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney in advance ensures that if the worst happens, both your financial affairs and personal welfare are in safe hands

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Who can act as my Attorney?

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You can appoint a friend, relative or professional. As it allows them to act on your behalf, it’s important to choose someone you trust to act in your best interests

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What are the different types of Power of Attorney

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There are 3 types - Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for Property and Financial Affairs, LPA for Health & Welfare and a General Power of Attorney

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What happens to my business shares when I die?

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Without the right agreements in place, business shares can end up anywhere – and that’s often not a good thing

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My family will receive my business shares automatically though, won’t they?

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Not necessarily. Sometimes, they may be forced to take over the business and handle company affairs to receive the shares they’re entitled to

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How can I pass on my shares properly?

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A business succession and exit strategy can ensure business shares are kept safe and passed along to the right people in the right way

we’re here to help

If you’re concerned about your legacy being eaten up by care costs, taxes, divorce settlements or threats from creditors, speak to us. We take the time to understand your circumstances and tailor our solutions to ensure your assets are fully protected.

It’s never too early to start getting your affairs in order. Whether you’re embarking on estate planning for the first time, or you want to update your will, trusts or Lasting Power of Attorney to reflect recent changes, we’re here to help.

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