Inheritance Tax

Estate and inheritance tax planning can be a tough task to do on your own. Our talented tax solicitors can advise you to ensure your assets and estate are inheritance tax-efficient so that your loved ones can get the most out of your wealth.


What is Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance tax

Inheritance tax (IHT) is tax incurred on the estate of the deceased party. The current inheritance tax threshold is £325,000, but this nil rate band can be altered depending on the value of the estate and the beneficiaries. The standard IHT rate is 40% – which is charged on the part of your estate that’s above the threshold. 


It takes careful planning and tact to execute a solid IHT plan.


Our dedicated lawyers can help you make the most out of the tax reliefs and allowances to maximise the inheritance you pass onto your heirs. 

Learn More: Tax Threshold & The Nil Rate Bands


Inheritance Tax Planning – Why Do I Need A Solicitor? 


IHT laws are constantly changing and there are many ways we can help you preserve your wealth and properties to pass on to your loved ones. We are highly equipped in dealing with complex estate planning cases, solving Inheritance dispute and work quickly on our feet to provide a seamless service for every circumstance. 


Whether you’re looking to reorganise your Will to exempt tax, transfer tax-free allowances to spouses or civil partners, or appeal an IHT decision, our lawyers offer infallible solutions to your concerns

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have to be married for at least one year before divorce can be commenced. 

No. You are able to divorce in the UK as long as you or your spouse have been resident here for at least one year before starting your case, or you and your spouse are domiciled in the UK.

No. The same procedure has to be followed before divorce is finalised. See Our Flowchart

– A divorce petition

– Original Marriage Certificate, with translation if appropriate

– A fee

An ‘agreed divorce’ takes about 5-6 months to finalise.

You are still able to divorce by showing the court that you have made attempts to locate them. The facts of 2 years’ separation with consent or adultery should not be relied upon in this instance.

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