Keeping You in the Know...


Hello, welcome to our November newsletter.

Everyone finds the run-up to Christmas is a busy period and we're no exception.

It's a time of year when clients get in touch to ask us to sort out those things that have been lurking on their To-do lists. There's usually a sudden rush to get things done before the close of the year. So if you've been meaning to get in touch don't leave it too long!

On the eve of the Chancellor's Budget statement, there's an insight into what he might have up his sleeve for the 'death tax'. There's also news about an upcoming event we have planned and tips from the Barker blog.

Remember you can always keep up with what we're doing by following us on Twitter and Facebook @barkerevanslaw.

If you've got any comments or questions do get in touch here



Is the 'Death Tax' on its way back? Budget 2017

In the run-up to the Budget Statement, there's increasing speculation that the Chancellor is going to resurrect the much-criticised increase in Probate fees that was shelved just before the General Election earlier in the year.

Currently, the fees charged by the Probate Registry for issuing a grant of probate for a deceased person's estate are fixed at £155 if a solicitor makes the application or £215 for a personal application.
Under the proposals aired earlier this year, the fees were due to rise to as much as £20,000.
There's considerable speculation that the Chancellor is going to revisit those proposals despite the massive outcry it generated before.

The fees increase has been dubbed a 'death tax' because the proposal was that the fees should rise with the value of the estate instead of being a flat fee as is currently the case. If the measure is introduced it's estimated it could bring in £250 million in revenue for the Courts and Tribunals Service.

On the other hand, it might encourage people to plan to avoid their assets going through probate. We'll have to wait and see if the Treasury tries to combat that in some way. Whatever happens, we'll keep you up to date.

Watch this space!

Any Questions?

We're hosting a live Q&A on our forum on 1st December between 1.00pm and 2.00pm.

We're inviting questions on care, so if you or someone you know has experienced problems or is just finding it difficult to understand all the complex rules about social care why not join in?

You can access the forum by signing in through our BE MY Own Lawyer service. Find out more here

Tips for Attorneys - the reluctant attorney

Some attorneys are keener than others to get stuck into their role. A co-attorney who takes a back seat might find it difficult to find out what's going on if things start to go wrong. This article explains the issues and gives some tips for attorneys... read more

3 Reasons You Won't Get NHS Continuing Healthcare

This month we're focusing on care issues and a recent blog post flags up some basic mistakes that will stop someone getting their care paid for by the NHS. Read more

DWP causes executors headache over repayment of benefits

There is mounting pressure from the legal community for the Department of Work and Pensions to speed up its processes for reclaiming overpaid benefits received by benefits claimants before they die.

The criticisms include that the DWP is taking months and in some cases years to confirm that a repayment is required. This makes it very difficult for executors to finalise the administration of estates affected and it leaves beneficiaries feeling frustrated by the delays. Read more 

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