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What Are The Current Rules On Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance tax is charged at the rate of 40% on the value of your estate above the allowances available. The main allowance is the nil rate band (NRB); this is currently £325,000 and is frozen at this level until April 2020. From 6thApril 2017, a new residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is available to claim where an individual leaves their home to direct descendants. In the 2018 – 2019 tax year, the allowance is £25,000 per individual and increases by £25,000each tax year until 2020/21 when it will be £175,000. From 2020/21 the RNRB is due to increase with the consumer price index. To enable RNRB to be claimed your property needs to be left to your beneficiaries either outright or in specific types of trusts. The RNRB is subject to tapering and will be reduced by £1 for every £2 that the estate exceeds £2 million. Spouse or civil partners may miss out on the additional RNRB by not ensuring that your Wills are structured in the most efficient way, in particular, to reduce the survivor’s estate to below the £2 million threshold. Any unused NRB and RNRB can be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner’s estate even if one partner has died prior to 6thApril 2017.

Other questions we get asked about Wills & Probate

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Which Property Passes Under My Will?

Partners will usually hold their property jointly, this is known as ‘Joint Tenants’. If you hold your property as Joint …

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What Should I Do If My Loved One Has Died?

Firstly you will need to break the news to friends and relatives, register the death and organise the funeral. It …

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My Partner And I Are Unmarried And Are Buying A Property Together, But I Am Contributing All Of The Deposit. Do We Need To Record That Anywhere?

You should record your contribution and the way in which you would like the future proceeds of sale to be …

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Can I Name People To Look After My Children If I Were To Die Before They Reach 18?

You can appoint one or more relatives or close friends to act as guardians and assume parental responsibility. Always discuss …

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Do I Have To Name My Children And If So, Do I Have To Change My Will If I Have Another One?

Not necessarily. When we receive your Will instructions, we will look at your age and circumstances, and we will write …

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Who Can Be An Executor?

A member of your family, your partner, a friend or solicitor may act as your executor. The executor must be …

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Who Can Make A Statutory Will?

The Court has to give permission for a Statutory will. Statutory wills can be made by Deputies appointed by the …

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Does My Will Have To Cover Every Possible Situation?

No. A Will should reflect your circumstances as they are now, not what they might be in the future. You …

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Rachel SteadRachel Stead
13:19 26 Nov 23
Can’t recommend Catteralls enough. Eleanor, Claire and her team have just helped us with a recent house sale. They were quick and efficient with responses. Even with me ringing and emailing plenty (very annoying) but nothing was too much for them. They did all things on our side promptly and kept us in the loop at all times. Will be recommending them and using again in future if needed.Thanks so much.Rachel and Harry.
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17:20 04 Nov 23
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07:30 16 Oct 23
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Allison RobinsonAllison Robinson
13:53 02 Oct 23
We used Catterall's for the sale of a property and had excellent service throughout. Everything was done promptly, efficiently and accurately. We had experienced lots of errors with a previous firm and saw a marked contrast in the quality of service and professionalism from Catteralls. Danielle and Sue were knowledgable and helpful and were able to answer questions about the errors from the purchase of the property with a different firm so that we could move forwards quickly with the sale. Prices were reasonable and competitive but I would choose the firm again regardless of price because of the experience. It is the second time we have used the firm (previously for a different purchase) and I can highly recommend them.
08:59 17 Sep 23
My wife and I engaged Catteralls Solicitors conveyancing services to both sell our old house and to buy our new house. We can thoroughly recommend their services in this regard. In particular we would like to give excellent feedback to Ms Eleanor Parkin, our Conveyancing Executive at Catteralls, who dealt with us throughout the buying and selling process. Some aspects of that process became problematic but Eleanor went above and beyond that which was expected of her and ensured that any problems were resolved effectively and efficiently to ensure a smooth completion. Our engagement with her was always friendly and professional and we would be happy to recommend her professional services to others. Thank you, Eleanor!
Caroline WilsonCaroline Wilson
13:13 25 Jul 23
Thank you Catteralls for helping us with our recent house sale!! I will certainly recommend you to family and friends.Catteralls would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again for everything. Fantastic communication, making a hard time in our lives that much easier. I can not fault a thing.☺️
22:51 17 Jun 23
I've used these for the sale of a rental property and my will and am also currently using them for a purchase of a residential property. Used them because my usual solicitors let me down. I can't comment on price because I didn't really shop around. A family member recommended them, and they've been good for me so far. Here, I've never felt like I haven't been able to speak to someone when I've needed to and they've always been on hand to explain anything I didn't understand. So far so good.
Kevin SlatteryKevin Slattery
09:53 08 Jun 23
Jenny and her team, saved the day after our sale and purchase almost fell through due to the poor performance of our previous solicitor. She was responsive, highly efficient and keep us informed throughout the whole process. We would only use Catteralls for any future conveyancing requirements. Many thanks Jenny, Sarah and the rest of the team!
14:24 09 Mar 23
Jess looked after my case. It was most helpful in that I was able to do everything via email, so all I had to do on the day was sign some paperwork, therefore only needing to make the one visit, which was perfect for me.Jess was efficient & organised and made the process a smooth one.Thanks Jess I appreciate all you did for me. 🙂
Aneka RandallAneka Randall
17:04 09 Dec 22
Paul and his team have worked on our sale and purchase. The team have all worked extremely hard, going above an beyond. Everyone in the chain has commented how efficient they have been. I will certainly recommend to family and friends and would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again.
Jade NuttJade Nutt
20:07 02 Nov 22
Jenny and her team were brilliant with our house sale and purchase. They answered all our queries, made sure we understood everything and kept things moving along. We are very great full for your hard work! Thank you!