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Inherited Accounts – a new ISA allowance

Do take advice with regard to this new allowance to ensure you have up-to-date information as it has been suggested that this new allowance might be reviewed to make it simpler in operation.

Inherited ISA accounts-

Good news for married couples and civil partners (but not for “common law partnerships, which do not exist in law).

If your partner dies there is the possibility of you receiving an additional ISA allowance, referred to as an Additional Permitted Subscription (APS).

On the death of a partner his or her ISA accounts ceases as a tax-free investment, at the point of death. The proceeds form part of the partner’s estate and passes to the beneficiaries named in his/her will (no will? then that is your first job, otherwise your estate may well pass to people you would not normally choose).

The surviving partner needs to fill in a form to receive an APS for the amount that was held in the deceased partner’ ISA account at the date of death (including interest up to that date). The result being that the surviving partner can invest an amount up to the APS value into a new ISA thus sheltering it from tax for the rest of the survivors life.

You have from the date of death up to 3 years to use this additional ISA allowance but you should fill out the APS application form as soon as possible. It can be with any bank or investment firm who offers this facility.

Many financial institutions are not up to speed with this and it may be that the simplest approach is to file your APS with the same ISA provider that your partner used. This may mean filling in several APS applications. Once you pay funds in, it is registered in your own name. You then have freedom to transfer to any other ISA but not until you have used your full allowance otherwise it will be lost.

With cash ISAs you can use your own money into the APS.
With investment ISAs you have to wait until probate is complete.

Utilising this new relief can save thousands of pounds in tax. However, it is generally thought that the procedures may well be reviewed.

It’s now not so easy to cut a child out of your will.

A Court of Appeal ruling this week has highlighted the powers at the disposal of the courts over wills, Stephen Oliver has said, in a decision that may have repercussions on how such advice is delivered.

Commenting on the ruling, that overturned a mother’s wish to cut her daughter out of her will, the director of Northampton-based the Will Company, said people should continue to make a will as they have always done but if intent in disinheriting a dependent they must emphatically make the case for this.

“The courts have always had the power to overrule or ignore a will if they deem it unreasonable. It is stipulated in the Inheritance Family and Dependants Act 1975. If for example you have multiple children and leave an inheritance to only two and not the third, the courts can overrule this,” he said.

He said the ruling was a twist of the original intention of the act, normally used for young children who are left out of wills.

After a decade-long fight, the Court of Appeal ruled last week that Heather Ilott should receive a third of her mother’s estate, and was awarded with a £164,000 inheritance by the court.

Ms Ilott had challenged her mother’s decision to cut her out of her will. Melita Jackson died in 2004 and left her £486,000-estate to three animal charities.

Mr Oliver said that the ruling meant that people would have to explain their reasons for disinheriting a dependent, and demonstrate a realistic connection to the entity they left money or assets to – in this case the animal charities.

“Ms Jackson needed to show a connection to the charities – was she a volunteer, on a committee, or donated over the years? And it should have been well documented why the daughter was not a beneficiary, especially with an estate of that size.”

The other issue was that the mother was insufficiently advised when she made her will, which highlights the importance of advice in this area.

Emma Myers, head of Wills, probate and lifetime planning for Saga Legal Services, said: “Anyone concerned about their current arrangements should seek the advice of a legal provider who will be able to review their Will to stress-test it.

“Although it is impossible to completely prevent people from making a claim in due course, they can ensure that they take all necessary steps to successfully defend such claims.”

Industry View

Gary Rycroft, a member of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee, said: “This ruling is saying that while you can still disinherit your children, you are going to have to explain why and show connections with those you are leaving the money to.

“It is also very important because it seems to be making it easier for adult children to claim for reasonable financial provision in wills and has made the gap wider for them to do that.”

Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, said: “The law makes it clear that the courts have the power to amend wills to provide for dependents who might otherwise be destitute. Writing wills is becoming increasingly complex and it is not always possible to predict what the courts will decide, particularly in difficult family cases. This should not put people off from making wills.”

Taking responsibility for growing your business

Some of you will know I receive weekly posts from the Entrepreneur’s Circle. This one was a great reminder of what being in business is all about. I hope it gets you thinking.

I recently met a lady who is a life coach. Now, I don’t know how much you know about the life coach business, but I can assure you, there are plenty of them around and most of them are poor.

And there are there are three reasons for this; firstly, the supply of coaches in the UK vastly outweighs the demand for their services; secondly, lots of coaches just aren’t very good – a fact that has tarnished the reputation of the whole sector; thirdly, precious few coaches are prepared to take responsibility for their own commercial success.

Don’t get me wrong, the lady I was talking to appears to be very good at what she does. She had some great case studies and stories that she shared with me and I have no doubt at all that she can make a real difference to the lives of the people that she works with.

However, she’s making hardly any money and the concept that this was in some way her fault was completely alien to her. As we talked, she opened up a little and she said something that I found very enlightening: “If I do a good enough job with my coaching and counseling, people will hear about it and discover me.”

Unfortunately, I had to burst her bubble. Fact is, there’s no business where simply being ‘really good’ at it will guarantee success. As business owners, all of us have to take responsibility for getting our message out there and communicating to our customers and potential customers, in an utterly compelling way, why they should dip into their hard earned cash and spend it with us.

It’s 100% our responsibility. The longer she kids herself that she’s living in this utopia where how well you do something is the sole factor in determining your success, the longer she’ll remain poor; unable to get her car repaired, unable to take her kids on holiday, unable to buy her husband a nice gift on his birthday, unable to shop at the supermarket she prefers and unable to reduce her credit card debt.

She’s avoiding responsibility and that’s completely bonkers. There are no such things as victims in business. Only volunteers.

I’m not saying it’s easy to grab the steering wheel of your life and turn it in the direction that you want to go (and I know that you know that too) but the rewards when you do are significant.

It may even mean doing something as drastic as changing your industry or business in order to achieve it, but again, it comes down to that one word: Responsibility.

The business you are in, who you sell to, the products and services you provide, your prices, even the place in which you live and work. Oh sure, these are tough decisions but that’s what responsibility is all about and pretending that there are things outside our control, things that we can’t change, is part of our defense mechanism.

But, trust me, it’s hardly ever true and we’re just kidding ourselves. These aren’t decisions to be taken lightly. The trick is to think deeply and carefully about all aspects of business and life and remember that the questions you ask ultimately define your lifestyle.

Only when you get into the habit of thinking about your business in this way will you start to have confidence in your ability to take full responsibility.

I am in control and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Neither should you.

Until next week,

Nigel

you don’t need originality to make a huge success you just need to think differently

I make no apology for just copying this email from son Paul (EC Nottingham). Read it and the look at the two links (cut and paste).
Learn the message and succeed.

Morning Team,

I hope all is well and you have had a belting week – A bit of a Friday ramble for you!

Was a doing a bit of reading last night on tinters (sad I know) but I came across a really interesting article (it’s getting sadder…) with a chap bemoaning the fact that dollar shave club (and yes I know I talk about this too much!!) get all the plaudits when actually the “cheap razorblade concept” was “invented” 2 years earlier but a Belgian company. With a bit more research I found the company in question – and it struck me that this was a classic case of Banana Syndrome -It’s not what you do its the way that you do it!

Take a look for yourself – which of these do you think appeals more to the cheap shave market

http://www.razwar.com/
or www.dollarshaveclub.com

The figures tell their own story 1451 like on facebook for Razwar and 82000 + for DSC –

Also over 10 Million people have watched the dollar shave club video on youtube – ten million!!

My point here (finally!!) is that It’s never too late – you don’t need originality to make a huge success you just need to think differently and produce a piece of marketing that is really tailored to a section of the market.

That idea you had,. that some one else did – the door is still open.

And so my question to you this fine and spring like Friday is “What can you do, that other people are already doing, that you can do better?”

Have a great Friday Guys look forward to catching up soon.

Cheers

Paul