Families resort to renting caskets as funeral prices increase

As the UK emerges from the pandemic, the cost of living crisis is hitting us hard. With soaring energy bills, fuel and house prices, finding the money to pay for an expensive funeral is an additional strain

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TRACE

The first edition of TRACE: Fraser and Fraser's free, bi-annual published magazine. Showcasing some of the most prominent industry news, guest articles and behind the scenes at Fraser and Fraser.

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Inheritance tax freeze will hit middle-income earners

Inheritance tax (IHT) has been frozen since 2009, the current nil rate band is £325,000 per person; an estate with…

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Local Land Charges National Register grows

Every local authority in England and Wales is required to hold a local land charge register, with the exception of county councils.

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One million trusts to be registered with HMRC

On 1st September 2022 new and expiring trusts must be registered with the new service from HMRC the ‘Trust Registration…

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Number of public health funerals soaring

The number of public health funerals have been found to be increasing in 2021 and 2022.

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Research finds average age for inheritance is 47 years old

Recent research from equity release adviser Key, finds more than 11.6 million people in the UK have received an inheritance…

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New Homes Quality Board criticized for lack of representation

Last week, the New Homes Quality Board announced new members that have been appointed ahead of the new ombudsman service…

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Drop in the number of homes left empty

Recently figures have shown that there has been a drop in the number of empty homes.

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England and Wales say “I DO” to no fault divorce

From 6 April 2022, changes to legislation on divorce will come into effect. In the biggest update to England’s divorce…

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When is a Will not really a Will?

It’s no surprise that not everyone will have left behind official instructions of how they would like their estate and assets to be distributed once they've passed away.

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Average property price average hits record high

The average price tag on a home in the UK hit a record level this month and topped £350,000 for…

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Increase in Britions searching for homes overseas

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and we were asked to ‘Stay Home’ property firms have found an increase in Brits searching for homes overseas.

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Aquamation: is this the greener way to go?

Although there are many potential options for body disposition for the deceased in the 21st century, the two most common…

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Glasgow’s largest ‘Build to Rent’ Scheme gets the go-ahead

Glasgow City Council has awarded planning permission to build more than 350 homes.

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Rise in number of Wills contested

The number of disputes over inheritance is on the rise, as recent research from Direct Line Insurance found one in…

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Call to introduce measures for exempt accommodation

Questions over Government social care plans

In the year 2022, we would expect that everyone should have the right to safe place to call home but…

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Estate planning and changing family structures

In the past couple years, figures released by the ONS indicate the structure of UK families and households is continually…

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Senior living housing crisis and barriers to downsizing for retirees

Industry leaders are urging for more to be done to address the severe supply and demand imbalances seen in the UK senior living housing market.

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Royal Effect saw increase in Will writing

Last year more people wrote a will following Prince Phillip’s admittance to hospital than any other day of the year.

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