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Probate fee or another death tax?

November 5th (any significance in this date?) saw the announcement (completely separate from any Budget) of a sharp increase in the fee payable to obtain a Grant of Probate.  The Grant of Probate is essentially a Court Order that allows the executors of a deceased’s Will to deal with their…

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Mortgage approvals at six month low

Gross mortgage lending fell to £21.5 billion in September according to data from the UK Finance.  This is a decrease of 1.2% from last year.  The number of mortgage approvals is down 9.1% on the same time last year.  High street banks did, however, lend more in unsecured consumer credit,…

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Are you a Director of a Company?

Currently all Company Directors have to provide a residential address and a service address which appears on the Public Register at Companies House.  The only way of avoiding your residential address being on the public record is to satisfy Companies House that there is a serious risk of violence or…

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Insurance Premiums

Insurance premiums fall, but at what price? It has been reported recently that UK car insurance prices have recorded their first year on year fall since 2014.  The average premium in the first three months of 2018 was £768, down by 2% on the same period last year, according to…

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House Prices

According to Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, house prices in London are falling at the fastest rate in nine years.  Prices were down 3.2% between January and March, compared to the previous quarter.  According to this data, this is the sharpest decline since the financial crisis.   Looking around the country, however,…

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