Signing a Will: The who and how to witness

Oct 26, 2018

Many of our clients after having their Wills drawn up by our team return to our offices in Reading to get them signed and witnessed. Some may wonder if it is worth the trek through the increasingly busy city centre, just to sign a document! But, the benefit of doing so ensures that your newly drafted document is executed in accordance with the law.

Executors: who to choose (Pt.1)

Aug 29, 2018

The Executors are the people who will administer your estate after you pass away. Therefore it goes without saying that they should be trustworthy and competent.

Why a cheap Will may cost you

Aug 29, 2018

It has emerged that many people have been affected by hidden charges after being sold low cost Wills. This has reportedly affected 1.5m people.

Shall I put my home in my children’s names?

Jul 31, 2018

In the Private Client department our clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea.

Could your Enduring power be upgraded to a Lasting power?

Jun 22, 2018

A Power of Attorney is a document whereby an individual, the “Donor”, appoints individuals or professionals to act on their behalf when they are unable to act for themselves, known as the “Attorneys”.

Don't make promises you can't keep...

Mar 16, 2018

Promises that are relied upon to their detriment by those to whom they are made are enforceable by the courts. In one case that demonstrated this point, a daughter of a farmer who worked long hours for low pay on her family farm, after her father assured her that she would have her reward in time, was awarded a seven-figure stake in the business.

Preserving the Assets: The Grant Ad Colligenda Bona

Dec 21, 2017

In most estates, it will usually be necessary to obtain a grant of representation to realise and administer the assets of the deceased. But sometimes, there can be a dispute who has the right to take on this role, and in what capacity.

How professional Executors can benefit you and your family

Dec 21, 2017

When thinking about your Will, it can be very difficult to decide who you would like to act as your Executors. An Executor completes all the administrative tasks associated with your death, including applying for probate and distributing your assets to the beneficiaries of your Will. There are certain situations where it might be beneficial to appoint a solicitor as your Executor.

Will your Death in Service payment result in an Inheritance Tax bill?

Aug 31, 2017

A Death in Service payment is a lump sum of money that can be paid to a nominated beneficiary out of your pension scheme if a person dies before they retire. It is down to the individual employer to decide whether to offer a Death in Service payment; and the size of such payment. The deceased would normally have had the opportunity to nominate an individual or individuals to receive such a payment but Death in Service Trustees have ultimate discretion over the selection of the beneficiary.

Jane Whitfield in Zurich "Advice Matters" Magazine

Jul 11, 2017

In November, Jane Whitfield contributed an article for professional financial advisers on the subject USING TRUSTS TO CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF ASSETS:

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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