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Tess Goldman reads the second edition of A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning

16 August 2013

Any book about wills and estates should now be covering the reduced rate of inheritance tax (IHT) if 10 per cent of the net estate is left to charity. In the second edition of A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning, authors Christopher Whitehouse and Professor Lesley King have devoted a whole chapter to the matter.

Given the relative novelty of this topic, the chapter includes three precedent clauses for gifts to charity and detailed example calculations, carefully covering the basics, such as the components of an estate and how the relief operates, and elections, which can be made in relation to the relief and the practical implications for clients. It is an assured and useful guide.

Two other new chapters appear in the estate administration section. There is a detailed review of the IHT forms needed to apply for probate...

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