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).

The will to change: deeds of variation

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March 26, 2015 1 comment

family life

Now the dust has settled on the recent budget, it’s worth taking a look at one issue that was subject to a lot of rumour. The actual measures announced turned out to be quite different to the speculation. When someone dies, inheritance tax (IHT) is charged on certain assets, at 40 per cent over what’s…

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Inheritance tax is excessive, says Bruce Forsyth

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February 24, 2015 2 comments

trusts and estates

Veteran TV presenter Bruce Forsyth has criticised the level of inheritance tax currently payable under English law. The light entertainment stalwart, now 86, told the Radio Times that he resented how much of his sizeable estate will be lost to tax when he passes away. “I think your inheritance should go to your children more…

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Stowe Family Law on stepfamilies, cohabitees and wills

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February 6, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Making sure you have an up-to-date will is a prudent move and for many it’s a straight forward document laying out an individual’s wishes for the dispersal of money and assets after death. However, for some, divorce and subsequent remarriage can create additional layers of complexity due to the creation of stepfamilies. A stepfamily is…

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Professional vs homemade wills

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October 16, 2014 0 comments

prenuptial agreement

Wills are supposed to ensure the smooth recognition of a deceased person’s wishes and help their friends and families come to terms with their loss. Buying a will is “fraught with risk and uncertainty”, according to the Legal Ombudsman. In a newly published report, the regulator highlights the absence of regulation – anybody can write…

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