Jane Gray

Jane Gray is a solicitor in Stowe Family Law’s Hale office in Cheshire. She has 15 years of experience in wills, tax trusts and probate law and is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate practitioners (STEP).

Living together & buying a home: the rights of a cohabitee

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November 25, 2016 1 comment

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Living together as a couple before, or as an alternative to, marriage is now the norm. Between 2004 and 2016 the Office of National Statistics reported that ‘cohabiting couple families’ were the fastest growing family type. For these couples, property ownership aspiration remains high.  Competitive mortgage deals and a rising property market means getting on…

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Inheritance tax: dying at the wrong time

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July 27, 2016 0 comments

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When it comes to inheritance tax, some people are simply dying at the wrong time. How much inheritance tax will I be charged? Currently, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable on death at the rate of 40 per cent of the aggregate value of an individual’s chargeable estate over and above the available IHT ‘nil rate…

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Sons contest Loose Women star’s will

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April 12, 2016 1 comment

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The two adult sons of actress and talk show panellist star Lynda Bellingham have announced plans to challenge their late mother’s will. The former star of ITV’s Loose Women died in 2014 from cancer. Her will reportedly left everything to her third husband. Her sons claim their stepfather is depriving them of their inheritance by insisting…

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2015: change in the world of family finance

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December 30, 2015 0 comments

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As long as I have been in practice, each year has brought a new set of cases each with its own complexities which continue to make my job hugely rewarding. 2015 has been no different. As ever there have been a number of legislative changes. The Finance Act 2015 gave changes to Inheritance Tax and…

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Disputing a Will

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July 11, 2015 2 comments

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In the second of a two part series, solicitor Jane Gray discusses the various ways of disputing a will. In my colleague Duncan’s post yesterday, he examined the various things that can occur in fragmented families following a death if the deceased person made no will or did not provide for one or members of…

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Inheritance tax and the summer budget

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July 9, 2015 0 comments

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The summer budget announced this week made significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) regulations. The current rate for IHT is 40 per cent of the deceased person’s estate. It is paid on taxable assets above the so-called ‘nil rate’ band – the amount below which IHT is not payable: currently £325,000. Certain tax reliefs and…

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New rules, pensions and inheritance tax

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April 9, 2015 1 comment

Let’s talk about pensions. Most of us, once we reach a certain age, establish a plan of some kind or other and begin monthly payments. All very sensible, but in our understandable preoccupation with the ultimate value of our pension pots, it is easy to overlook certain issues. Have you ever considered, for example, what…

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