April 22, 2020

One of the surprises in March’s Budget was that the Chancellor never mentioned inheritance tax (IHT) or expected simplification measures.

Before 11 March there had been much speculation that the Budget would introduce changes to IHT. This was more than just the usual pr...

April 16, 2020

The short answer is ‘yes’.

During times of uncertain people often look to make sure all of their ducks are in a row, and their family is looked after in the future. Having a will is an essential step to achieving peace of mind, it ensures your family, friends and any ch...

March 25, 2020

In light of the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak, we have a well established continuity plan to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the service we provide to our clients.

Bluecoat already has a well established remote working system, and we will continue to deliver...

September 25, 2019

There are currently long delays in gaining probate on the estates of the recently deceased.

Late in 2018, the government issued a written statement announcing its intent to go ahead with controversial increases in probate fees for England and Wales. Instead of the curre...

September 4, 2019

A persons will should be broken down into serval different sections ranging from funeral directions to witness signatures. There is no particular length that a will must be but to be a legitimate Will it must have the testator’s personal details, their wishes, be signe...

September 4, 2019

A will can be a very tricky and confusing document depending on who and when it was written. The terminology within wills has changed over time, becoming simpler and more user friendly, this has been achieved by will writers now writing wills in plain English. During t...

June 7, 2019

In June 2018 the government started gathering data to establish whether the pre-paid funeral plan market was putting consumers and their funds at risk.

Through an analysis of the research and evidence gathered the government found there to be a detrimental effect on th...

May 22, 2019

In November 2019 the government announced plans to restructure how probate fees will be charged. Probate fees will be charged on a sliding scale attached to the size of a person’s estate. The new charge will see some families pay over £6000 just for the government to g...

May 15, 2019

In April most funeral plan providers raised their prices for a pre-paid funeral plan, including the Co-op who raised their Simple plan by over 13.8%. Why are funeral plans constantly rising you may ask and what can you do to keep funeral plan cost down?

In 2018 Sunlife...

February 18, 2019

Trying to decide which funeral plan is right for you can be like trying to read ancient Greek, there are only a few people in the world that can decipher it.

Currently, funeral plan provider do not use defined terms to describe the same products or services, this can le...

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