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Wills, Probate, & Inheritance Tax For Dummies, 2nd Edition


Includes advice on how to write your own will

Get your financial affairs in order and minimise inheritance tax

Planning and writing your own will doesn't have to be a nightmare of expense and confusion. This jargon-free book gives you all the information you need to write a legally binding will and organise your estate properly. Covering all angles of inheritance, from taking care of your own affairs to administering probate for the first time, this reassuring guide helps you to minimise stress and keep your family's tax bill down.

Discover how to:

  • Help your family pay less inheritance tax

  • Make the right probate choices

  • Set up a trust for your children

  • Troubleshoot and change your will

  • Decide when you need to call an expert

Julian Knight is the Personal Finance Editor at The Independent on Sunday. He previously worked as a personal finance reporter for BBC News.


About This Book

Conventions Used in This Book

What You’re Not to Read

Foolish Assumptions

How This Book Is Organised

Part I: Planning Your Will

Part II: Writing Your Will

Part III: Managing Probate

Part IV: Taxing Times: Inheritance Planning

Part V: The Part of Tens

Icons Used In This Book

Where to Go From Here

Part I: Planning Your Will

Chapter 1: Preparing for the Inevitable

Chapter 2: Recognising the Benefits of Making a Will

Chapter 3: Totting Up the Value of Your Estate

Chapter 4: Deciding Who Gets What

Chapter 5: Leaving Your Home in Your Will

Part II: Writing Your Will

Chapter 6: Choosing the Right People to Follow Your Wishes

Chapter 7: Getting It in Writing: Drawing Up Your Will

Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Your Will

Chapter 9: Ringing the Changes: When and How to Change a Will

Chapter 10: Making Clear Your Funeral Wishes

Part III: Managing Probate

Chapter 11: What to Do When Someone Dies

Chapter 12: Pro-what? The Basics of the Probate Process

Chapter 13: Dealing with the Estate: First Steps

Chapter 14: Distributing the Estate

Part IV: Taxing Times: Inheritance Planning

Chapter 15: Introducing Inheritance Tax

Chapter 16: Simple Steps to Reduce Inheritance Tax

Chapter 17: Rolling Out the Big Guns: Understanding Trusts

Chapter 18: Using Trusts to Help Your Family

Chapter 19: Taking Care of Business: Inheritance Tax

and Your Firm

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 20: Ten Items to Keep with Your Will

Chapter 21: Ten Problem Wills to Avoid

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Getting Your Estate

into Tax-Saving Shape