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Breaking traditions and marking historical changes: how the royal baby highlights the importance of planning ahead

on May 20, 2019 10:59:57 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Wills
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle on the 19th of May 2018. Almost one year on, in the early hours of the 6th May 2019 the couple welcomed baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, into the family.
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The increasing need for end of life care: Can we handle it?

on Apr 17, 2019 12:30:52 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Care
Recently published official statistics from Public Health England revealed that in 2018, there were 10.1 English care home beds for every 100 people aged 75 years and older and 4.9 nursing home beds for every 100 people aged 75+. Both figures show that the trend over the last 5 years is gradually decreasing, resulting in less care and nursing home beds for the older generation.
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What happens to your loyalty points when you die?

on Feb 28, 2019 10:38:20 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Administration Estate Planning Wills
As we shop, many of us collect loyalty points from multiple companies and throughout a lifetime this can amount to a substantial value. So what happens to unclaimed loyalty points when we die? This blog post explores how different retailers treat rewards and points after death.
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The ongoing trend of leaving a digital legacy

By the end of this century, the number of dead people on the popular social media network, Facebook, is expected to outnumber living members – turning it into the world’s biggest ‘virtual graveyard’.
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Civil partnerships are set to be extended to mixed-sex couples

on Oct 22, 2018 11:26:35 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Estate Planning Legislation
Theresa May has announced that all couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to enter into a civil partnership, instead of getting married. Currently, the law allows same-sex couples to either marry or enter into a civil partnership but mixed-sex couples can only choose to marry. Theresa May is planning to change this by taking a Bill through Parliament, in order to give everyone the same life choices.
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Bereavement Services - The modern approach to supporting your clients

The way in which we ‘consume’ services has changed considerably in the last decade or so. Many retail experts confidently argue that our expectations of service providers are now at an all-time high, with customers demanding access to a wide range of professionally delivered services every time they make a purchase. Does this theory apply to helping bereaved families as well?
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What Not to Do When Estate Planning

With new Inheritance Tax (IHT) rules having been announced as part of the Government’s summer Budget, estate planning and the way in which assets are managed are in the news once again. IHT should be a prime consideration when planning how your estate is distributed and the recent rule changes are likely to lead to a number of people re-thinking their Wills should their estates be effected.
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Long-term estate planning - the new norm?

The nature of estate and legacy planning is changing in the modern world at a fairly rapid pace. With new technology, changing economic circumstances and a shifting legal landscape, we've noticed that individuals are having to come up with ever more inventive ways of efficiently managing their estate and inheritance.
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IHT Break Estate Criticised for Limiting Public Access to Land

We found a recent article published on The Argus news website of particular interest the other day, as it throws up some interesting points on inheritance tax (IHT) and certain loopholes surrounding the charge. The Firle Estate, situated near Lewes, covers hundreds of acres of the South Downs National Park and has been made exempt from IHT in exchange for opening up its land to the public.
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