Wills, Probate & Inheritance Tax For Dummies

Wills, Probate & Inheritance Tax For Dummies

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The easiest route to peace of mind for anyone concerned about the future of their estate. Covering all aspects of writing a will, it will also simplify the paperwork of probate (the task of administering someone else's will) and offer the reader advice on ensuring that their estate is tax efficient for their children. This straight talking guide covers all aspects of writing a will and keeping it up-to-date. It cuts through the legal jargon and gives practical advice on planning for inheritance tax, with tips on ways to reduce it. It also simplifies the process of probate for anyone who's dealing with someone's estate. Discover how to: decide if a will is right for you; value your assets; leave your home through a will; appoint executors and trustees; choose beneficiaries; draw up a DIY will; keep your will safe and up-to-date; revoke a will; work out how inheritance tax works and if you're liable to it; and work through the probate process.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 167 x 234 x 22mm | 544g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764570552
  • 9780764570551
  • 1,150,940

Table of contents

Introduction. Part 1: Planning Your Will. Chapter 1: Preparing for the Inevitable. Chapter 2: Recognising the Benefits of Making a Will. Chapter 3: Totting Up the Value of your estate. Chapter 4: Deciding Who Gets What. Chapter 5: Leaving Your Home In a Will. Part II: Writing Your Will. Chapter 6: Choosing the Right People to Follow Your Wishes. Chapter 7: Getting it in Writing: Drawing Up Your Will. Chapter 8: Fine--Tuning Your Will. Chapter 9: Ringing the changes: When and How to Change a Will. Chapter 10: Making Clear Your Funeral Wishes. Part III: Managing Probate. Chapter 11: What to Do When Someone Dies. Chapter 12: Pro--What? The Basics of the Probate Process. Chapter 13: Dealing with the Estate: First Steps. Chapter 14: Distributing the Estate. Part IV: Taxing Times: Inheritance Planning. Chapter 15: Introducing Inheritance Tax. Chapter 16: Simple Steps to Reduce Inheritance Tax. Chapter 17: Rolling Out the Big Guns: Understanding Trusts. Chapter 18: Using Trusts to Help Your Family. Chapter 19: Taking Care of Business: Inheritance Tax and Your Company ... Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Items to Keep with Your Will. Chapter 21: Ten Problem Wills. Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Getting Your Estate into Tax Saving Shape. Index.show more

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..".covers all aspects of writing a will and keeping it up to date. It also discusses the confirmation process - the Scottish equivalent of a probate, the task of administering someone's will - and gives advice on planning for inheritance tax, with tips on ways to reduce the burden." (The Scotsman, 20th August 2005) ..".it cuts through the legal jargon and gives practical advice on planning for inheritance tax, with tips on ways to reduce it." (What Investment? 1st September 2005) ..".the easiest route to peace of mind for anyone concerned about the future of their estate..." (New Vistas, Dec 05)show more

About Julian Knight

Julian Knight writes for BBC News as a personal finance reporter. He has also contributed to The Guardian newspaper and Moneywise magazine.show more

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This straight-talking guide covers all aspects of writing a will and keeping it up-to-date. Cuts through legal jargon and gives sound practical advice.show more

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