Providing a financial safety net for your loved ones

If you have loved ones who are dependent on you, life assurance can make sure they’re taken care of financially if you die. So whether you’re looking to provide a financial safety net for your loved ones, moving house or a first-time buyer looking to arrange your mortgage life insurance – or simply wanting to add some cover to what you’ve already got – you’ll want to make sure you choose the right type of cover. That’s why obtaining the right advice and knowing which products to choose – including the most suitable sum assured, premium, terms and payment provisions – is essential.

How to influence the income you’ll receive in your retirement

On 10 July this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that many of us might not be eligible for a State Pension until we reach the age of 70. That’s the minimum age AT WHICH the Government will be able to afford to pay our pensions by 2063 if it is also to stop the national debt spiralling out of control.

How to UNLOCK your assets from unnecessary tax £325,000

The first £325,000 value of your estate is called the ‘Nil Rate Band’ because although it is taxable to Inheritance Tax (IHT), it is taxed at 0% (tax year 2014/15).

Further clarity on the new rules for pensions published by the Government

Retirement should be an exciting time, and these days there’s more scope than ever to arrange your finances the way you want them. For example, you could continue to work and take your pension benefits. That flexibility is great, but it does mean that the financial decisions coming up need careful consideration.

Millions of over-40s expect to carry on working until they physically can’t continue

One in five Britons admitted that they are planning to ‘work until they drop’ in order to have a comfortable retirement, a study from Aviva has revealed. Worries about being able to afford their ‘ideal retirement’ means millions of over-40s are expecting to carry on working until they physically can’t continue.

A guide to the jargon of wealth protection

Passing your estate to the right people at the right time

Putting your savings, investments, life policies or assets into a trust can play an important part in estate planning. A trust is a legal entity that has control over assets for the benefit of one or more people, and there are different types of trust which can be set up according to what you intend to achieve.

Make sure your legacy does not involve just leaving a large tax bill for your loved ones

In order to protect family and loved ones, it is essential to have provisions in place after you’re gone. The easiest way to prevent unnecessary tax payments such as inheritance tax is to organise your tax affairs by obtaining professional advice and having a valid Will in place to ensure that your legacy does not involve just leaving a large inheritance tax bill for your loved ones.

Providing the legal authority to act on your behalf

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to give someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf. There are several different types of Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) (previously called an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’) allows your attorneys to make decisions for you when you no longer wish to, or when you lack the mental capacity to do so.

An essential part of financial planning that provides peace of mind about what happens to your wealth

Your Will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a Will you can also make sure you don’t pay more inheritance tax than you need to. It’s an essential part of your financial planning. Not only does it set out your wishes, but if you die without a Will, your estate will generally be divided according to the rules of intestacy, which may not reflect your wishes. Without one, the State directs who inherits, so your loved ones, relatives, friends and favourite charities may get nothing.

UK couples are spending more than £44,000 on average when they divorce or separate

Achieving a fair resolution of all the financial issues surrounding divorce or the dissolution of a registered civil partnership can be highly stressful. Alongside wanting to resolve these effectively and affordably you may also be worrying about how you will achieve the fairest division of your family assets, how to deal with any requirements for continuing support or perhaps even how you will manage to make ends meet in the future.

Over 6 million UK adults plan to move abroad in later life

An even split

In total, over 6 million UK adults are planning to retire abroad, with an even split between Europe and the rest of the world. Of the estimated 3.2 million UK adults planning to retire in Europe, Spain is the most popular destination with 26% of the vote. France follows in second place with 17% of votes. Italy comes in third place with a 10% popularity rating.

Taking a more gradual approach to retirement

The nature of retirement has changed – it is no longer a matter of leaving the workplace with a golden carriage clock and entering a quiet life of leisure.

Have you considered tidying up your arrangements?

It would appear we are now increasingly becoming a ‘consolidation nation’, with many people combining their different contracts and services to make them easier to manage. It’s a growing trend, and new innovations are coming into the market all the time to tempt consumers. The recent launch of ‘quad-play packages’, which now combines mobile, home phone, broadband and TV, are a good example.

UK adults forced to borrow money from family members

More than one in four (28%) UK adults have been forced to borrow money from family members, according to new research. With the average amount borrowed by individuals standing at £2,123, the collective family lending economy is now worth around £31billion. Family Generations & Financial Pressures is the title of the new report from Scottish Widows think tank Centre for the Modern Family and shows that 23% of family borrowers need this support just to cover day-to-day household costs.