Wills and estate planning

Making a Will that's right for you

What to consider for your online profiles and digital assets on death

If you are considering an update to your will, or have just started out on some lifetime planning then it might be work thinking about how your digital assets will be managed after you die. You are likely to be more digital asset rich than you think, with more personal information being uploaded to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) than ever before. Photos you have taken, films available on the cloud, even the emails you have sent can make up the large number of digital assets being stored solely online.

Religious Communities and the Mental Capacity Act

Many Religious Communities have an ageing population and encounter the same issues as the rest of society when caring for frail members of their community. However, for Religious Communities when a Religious lacks capacity or is in ill health, these problems are often exacerbated due to a lack of understanding amongst outside agencies such as the medical profession, and even in some case families, about what it means to be a member of a Religious Community and how the Religious would want their wishes to be fulfilled.

Stone King to open Leeds office in spring 2016

Stone King LLP’s new office in Leeds offers great opportunities for talented solicitors to join its top ranked Education Sector practice.

Stone King will be further strengthening its legal services for schools through opening an office in Leeds in the spring of 2016. This will significantly develop the Firm’s presence in the North of England and is a core part of our aim to be the legal advisor of choice for educational institutions across the country.

Care Costs Cap delayed until 2020

The government has decided to delay its flagship policy to cap social care costs under the Care Act until April 2020, thus breaking a key manifesto pledge./p>

The cap on the amount self-funders were to have to contribute to their care costs from April 2016 was to be £72,000 for over 65’s and younger adults with disabilities.

It’s all in the timing for non-domiciles

From April 2017, anyone who has been resident in the UK for more than 15 of the last 20 years will be ‘deemed’ to be domiciled in the UK for all UK tax purposes, income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

This will mean UK resident non-doms will be subject to UK income tax on their worldwide income and gains from their 16th year of residence and to UK inheritance tax from the same point on their worldwide assets, one year earlier than under the current rules.

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