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Elderly ManMany bereaved families are paying too much Inheritance Tax (IHT) because they failed to plan ahead, warns leading Dorset law firm Coles Miller.

IHT has been dubbed a ‘voluntary tax’ because HM Revenue & Customs rules allow so many exemptions – but many people fail to use them.

Growing Compassionate Communities LaunchColes Miller Solicitors has helped to create a new charity being launched at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday May 22 2018.

Growing Compassionate Communities has a wide remit but its primary focus will be on helping people with dementia to enjoy a better quality of life and greater social inclusion.

Graham LawrenceColes Miller Solicitors will be holding free half-hour consultations on wills, probate, trusts and powers of attorney at their Bargates, Christchurch office.

These consultations will take place every Wednesday (9am to 5pm). People will be able to book a free session of up to 30 minutes with Senior Lawyer Graham Lawrence (advance bookings only).

Poole Hospital Charity has Poole Hospital Charityteamed up with Coles Miller Solicitors LLP to encourage families to make a Will.

Court of Protection panel deputy Stuart Bradford of Coles Miller Solicitors, PooleColes Miller Solicitors Partner Stuart Bradford has been named a Court of Protection Panel Deputy to help families affected by dementia and other mental capacity issues.

Mr Bradford is one of only 10 solicitors in the South West to hold this role and the only one in Dorset.

Equity release solicitor Anthony Weber of Coles Miller Solicitors, BroadstoneGrowing numbers of older homeowners across the South are turning to equity release to solve their cash problems, report Coles Miller Solicitors.

Coles Miller Partner Anthony Weber said: “Some retired people on relatively fixed incomes are running short of capital.

power of attorney solicitor Stuart Bradford of Coles Miller, PooleDementia friendly solicitors Coles Miller are supporting Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21 May 2016) through their work with local action groups.

Wills and probate solicitors at Coles Miller are members of Poole Dementia Action Group and Southbourne Dementia Friendly Community.

Stuart Bradford - Solicitor, Coles MillerSome 86 per cent of people are unwittingly leaving major decisions about later-life long term care, housing and assets to chance, Solicitors for the Elderly at Coles Miller warned today.

Around 82 per cent of people in the South West say they want their loved ones to take these decisions on their behalf when they are no longer able to do so.

wills and probate solicitor Stuart BradfordDelays by the Probate Registry mean bereaved families are having to wait longer for bequests, warn Dorset solicitors Coles Miller.

In worst cases the delays - caused by Government cuts - could be jeopardising the executor sales of houses and flats, it is feared.

contested wills solicitor Simon Steele-Williams of Coles Miller BournemouthFamilies at war over contested wills are being urged to use dispute resolution to avoid squandering the estate on court costs and legal bills.

With inheritance disputes on the increase, solicitors at Coles Miller recommend that opposing parties give serious consideration to settling their differences out of court.

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