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Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... to pay council tax. Systems may have changed, but we found that to apply for some services my parents had to start claiming benefits an anathema to my father who had always paid his own way. One thing we can all do in advance is set up ...

Family member needs care? Applying for Attendance Allowance

... the allowance. However, someone else can complete the application in certain circumstances. You may have been legally appointed to deal with their benefits, such as having Power of Attorney, deputyship or being a benefit appointee. You can also apply of another's behalf if they ...

A guide to Inheritance Tax

... be paid if the total assets are valued below this amount. There is an important restriction on PETs called a 'gift with reservation of benefit'. The principle is that if you continue to enjoy the benefit of the asset, the transfer is entirely ineffective for IHT ...

Whose house is it anyway? A question of home ownership

... the fears of families gifting deposits to their children. Some couples (or relatives living together) are not married and so will not benefit from the transfer of their Inheritance Tax allowance( 325,000). They may wish to use Tenants in Common as a ...

FAQ: Appointing Lasting Power of Attorney

... visits and discussions about the document, he confirmed he had understood all that I had said, but still could not see the direct benefit preparing an LPA would be to him. Although it seems an obvious point, preparing LPAs allow an individual to appoint whom they ...

How will the 2014 Budget affect our parents?

... elephant in the room for us children is would we rather help our parents manage such pots of money, that one day we might benefit from? Or would we prefer to expend no energy and then see all of our parents hard earned money end up with some ...

Summer energy saving tips for your parents

... . Sunlight is free, so once the initial installation has been paid for, electricity running costs will be reduced and your parents will benefit from year round warmth. How viable this is and how long it takes to recover costs depends on factors such as initial investment ...

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?

... can leave both you and your parent in a state of confusion. It can be difficult to understand how these processes can be of benefit to your parent but ultimately NHS Continuing Healthcare is there to help your parent manage their complex on-going health conditions and remain independent for ...

Why we shouldn't de-clutter our family history

... has riveting tales from her forebears to prove the point. The fashion for minimalist living is growing apace and the latest book on the benefits of de-cluttering (" Stuffocation" by James Wallman) has just been published to much acclaim. But before you rush to join ...

5 reasons to retire overseas

... Whether emigrating on a short or long term basis it's a big decision to undertake with many factors to take into account, yet the benefits can be considerable. We share our top 5 reasons to start a new life overseas. 1. Here comes the sun The ...