As part of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th May – 20th May) we will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions at our offices in Bury St Edmunds – providing local people with private, welcoming environment in which to openly discuss death and their plans for the future.Read More
One of the most important reasons to make a Will if you have children is so that you can name a legal guardian or guardians. Having a say over who will look after your children if you die means that you feel more at ease about their future care and welfare.Read More
When talking to people about preparing a Will, people often say “I don’t intend to die any time soon” or “I don’t have any assets”. No one knows what is around the corner so don’t put off making a wise decision today because you would rather spend the money on something which will not help your family in the long run.Read More
If you made a Lasting Power of Attorney and registered it with the Office of the Public Guardian in the period from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 you should be entitled to a refund of part of the registration fee.Read More
When a person dies without making a Will, they are said to have died ‘intestate’. When this happens, there are rules for deciding who will inherit the estate, stipulated by law.Read More
When making a Will, many of our clients ask us what will happen to their family pet when they die.
Like all responsible dog owners they know that they need to make sure their canine friend will be properly looked after once they are gone, but often they are not sure how.
To help, we wanted to share details of a scheme we support here at Burnett Barker Solicitors, which gives you peace of mind when it comes to your four legged friend….Read More
The unfortunate case of Brenda Grant, aged 81, who was kept alive for almost two years against her wishes after her hospital misplaced her Living Will, has highlighted the importance of ensuring family members and doctors are fully informed of your wishes.Read More
Have you considered what would happen to your business should you become unable to make decisions about how it’s run and its finances? A family member or friend may not be knowledgeable enough to deal with business matters, therefore making a separate LPA for your business is advised.Read More
The new RNRB, also known as Family Home Allowance, can effectively increase your inheritance tax threshold. When someone dies, the total value of their ‘Estate’ (meaning everything he/she owned) must be valued. If the total value is above a certain threshold, Inheritance Tax must be paid. Presently, the threshold for Inheritance Tax is £325,000 for…Read More
Leaving a gift in your will is a great way to give to charity, but it’s not the only way…
This week, as part of ‘Remember a Charity’s’ awareness week, we look at a number of tax efficient ways you can give to charity, as well as leaving a gift in your Will.Read More