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Why you need a little human understanding

Mark Jones
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We all know that we are living in a world of technology and social media and it seems that we are dying in that world too. There are now computer programmes that can create newspaper obituaries for people who have died by scanning their social media...

A Christmas Carol on St Saviourgate

Mark Jones
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Ebenezer Scrooge shuffled along Parliament Street and passed the Christmas market. The first flakes of snow were fluttering down from the darkening York sky. It was Christmas Eve. The festive lights were twinkling from the fronts of the wooden stalls....

The farmer 'lump sum exit scheme' needs to be considered with care

Philip Nelson
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It is a well-known ‘fact’ that farmers never retire; there is always far too much to do to have that luxury. Many farmers we deal with are keen to pass the farm and business on to whichever member of the family is most willing, whilst keeping...

Can the terms of my Will be kept secret after I die?

Maria Malloch
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You may have seen the recent news that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Will is to remain secret for at least 90 years in order to protect the “dignity and standing” of the Queen. Apart from possibly igniting immense curiosity as to how Prince...

A guide to Inheritance Tax: the legal aspects

Philip Williams
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Inheritance Tax (IHT) is primarily a charge on your assets on death, including your share of assets jointly held with another person. However, lifetime gifts made within seven years prior to your death can also be brought back into charge. IHT is also...

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