On Monday 28th October 2019 we held a Charity Halloween Cake Bake in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, at our offices in Weybridge, Uxbridge and Sunninghill. We received some astounding spooky creations from some talented bakers! All the entries were judged using strict criteria and after a tough marking session, the winner from each office received a prize! We would like to say a m ...
Independent review of the Loan Charge
The government has initiated a review of the Loan Charge and whether the policy is an appropriate way of dealing with disguised remuneration loan schemes used by individuals who entered directly into these schemes to avoid paying tax. Sir Amyas Morse, the former Comptroller and Auditor General and Chief Executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), will lead an independent rev ...
HMRC collects record amounts of IHT
The government has announced that HMRC collected a record sum of £5.4 billion in inheritance tax (IHT) during the 2018/19 tax year. The increase comes on the back of a 15% rise in the number of estates liable for IHT. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, the number of estates paying IHT rose by 3,600 to 28,100. Rising asset values, particularly in regard to properties in London and t ...
Proposed Rise in Probate Fees Scrapped
The Government has reversed its decision to change probate fees, which would have seen some bereaved families pay almost £6,000 in additional costs. At the end of 2018, the Government announced plans to alter the charging structure for probate fees in England and Wales, which are paid when administering someone's estate after they die. It said it would replace the current fla ...
Brexit-readiness events for business
The Department for Business has launched a nationwide programme of events to help businesses prepare for Brexit. The free events are designed to provide free advice on a range of Brexit-related topics, including exporting, importing and employing EU citizens. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from senior government officials and access support tailored to their ...
HMRC latest guidance for employers
HMRC has published the latest edition of the Employer Bulletin. This guidance for employers, and their agents, includes articles on: Class 1A liabilities payable on Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonial Payments Off-payroll working rules from April 2020 Disguised Remuneration Seasonal Workers Contractors operating CIS – new VAT reverse charge on building and constr ...
Ward Williams was much more sympathetic to my circumstances. There was much more opportunity for me to ask for help when needed, and there was far less jargon in the information that they sent me.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Probate can be a very detailed procedure, as I knew from personal experience. But Ward Williams made the whole thing less daunting. They were very reassuring and clear about everything. Keeping us informed and letting us know we could ask for advice whenever we wanted.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
When taking on my fathers probate, the solicitor didn't explain that there were a number of things we could have done ourselves; in contrast, Ward Williams were clear from the start about the different options available to us and the associated costs of these options.Clare Francis - Probate Client
We felt we were always able to ask questions that we had or pop in for a meeting. We felt well looked after all the way through and it was very comforting to know that we had a professional firm to take the anxiety out of the process for us.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
The relationship in dealing with my parents tax has come to an end but the fact we are going to ask them to handle the trust speaks volumes about how we feel they dealt with the probate.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Ward Williams simply told us that they could provide the service, explaining what they could do if we wanted them to. Their approach was far more human, and much more appropriate to the circumstances.Sam Crossby - Probate Client
Personal relationships count for a lot in these circumstances and our relationship with Ward Williams is excellent.Clare Francis - Probate Client
Ward Williams were financial advisers to both parents and after my father died they continued to look after my mother's financial affairs. Because of that good understanding we felt they would be best placed to provide the expertise needed to see probate through and would handle everything in-house. The long-term relationship meant that we already had a high level of trust in them.Sam Crossby - Probate Client