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How to make downsizing a good experience

... to start the downsizing process. Try this simple idea. For Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day and birthdays give them a large ... find a more suitable recipient or solution (see below). Gift againI cannot stress the importance of giving and receiving. The art ...

Tips to change festive pressure into pleasure

... as Benjamin Franklin put it. One of the reasons for the Christmas stress is the extra workload. Especially if you are taking care ... you are going to manage someone else's preparations, such as their gift shopping, sit down and discuss what the other party would like ...

How dad's humour eased his death

... husband, daughters and I moved back from France, and spent Christmas with my parents in Yorkshire for the first time ever precious timing ... was a peaceful acceptance, a moving on, and the priceless gift to me of the total loss of my fear of death. ...

Care fees funding and deprivation of assets: the rules

... and what to do to ensure their financial actions aren't deemed to be deprivation of assets. If your parent is thinking about making a gift to a family member there are a number of considerations that ought to be taken into account. One very important factor is whether ...

A guide to Inheritance Tax

... anything were to happen that affected the children's financial position, parents could find that the house would need to be sold. Can I gift anything without being liable for IHT? You can gift small amounts of money to family and friends without incurring any Inheritance Tax or ...

Who takes responsibility when it's a more distant relative who needs help?

... distant relative who needs help? SOCIAL CARE, RELATIONSHIPS, ELDERCARE, AGEING, POPULATION Dear Lesley We were visiting my parents over the Christmas holiday I thought the visit would be an opportunity to see how they are getting on, as they are both in their 80s ...

Designing activities for people with dementia and their families

... Designing activities for people with dementia and their families DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMERS, CREATIVITY, GIFTS It's hard to watch family members lose the ability to create and play as dementia takes hold. And it makes finding enjoyable activities to share harder too. One young designer, ...

Whose house is it anyway? A question of home ownership

... should avoid as falling foul could be very costly and upsetting for the family concerned. Where a family has undertaken planning that might involve gifting the house or other assets then there appears to be no strict time scale but more a judgment on a case by case basis ...

Myths about Lasting Powers of Attorney

... Duty to act in good faith Duty to keep accounts Duty to keep your money and property separate from their own Attorneys can only make gifts from your funds on customary occasions providing the value of each gift is not unreasonable having regard to all the circumstances, including the ...

Mum didn't tell me about her major heart surgery

... a bit hurt that she hadn't let me know first. My aunt goes on to tell me that mum has been unwell since before Christmas last year. Mum and dad live in Surrey 3.5 hours away from my home in Devon. I've been up to visit at ...