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Nigel Merchant

Nigel Merchant is a Technical Manager at Kings Court Trust, where he has worked for over 15 years. Nigel has conducted over 2,000 family meetings and built up a huge amount of technical knowledge to share with partners and clients. Nigel has a calm and empathetic delivery which helps families at the difficult time of losing a loved one. Previously, Nigel worked at HSBC bank for over 25 years in the branch network, lastly as a Branch Manager and Personal Banking Manager, highlighting that customer service is a key driver for Nigel.

Recent Posts

Probate fees to rise in May 2024

on Apr 17, 2024 3:16:53 PM By | Nigel Merchant |
The fee for applying for a Grant of Probate in England and Wales is set to rise in May 2024. Currently, it costs £273 per application as per The Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2004. The proposed new rate is £300. This will apply to all estates valued over £5,000; estates under this threshold do not have to pay a fee.
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Inheritance Tax interest rates continue to rise

on Aug 23, 2023 4:12:24 PM By | Nigel Merchant |
As Inheritance Tax (IHT) interest rates continue to increase, Personal Representatives face additional financial burden when settling a deceased person’s estate. The increased interest rates have been described as a stealth tax, substituting a rise in IHT rates.
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2022 in review

on Dec 7, 2022 3:35:08 PM By | Nigel Merchant |
This year has provided a lot of challenges and changes, both in general and within the probate and estate administration industry. This blog will summarise some of the key industry stories and updates that have been in the news in 2022.
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