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Lasting Power of Attorney helps keep you and your money safe as you age

Those who have opted to put their pension savings into drawdown would be wise to have an LPA in place, argues Steve Webb.

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Seven ways to use stock market falls to benefit your finances

From drip-feeding to tax and pensions, Hannah Smith examines how you can use falling markets to your advantage when it comes to financial planning.

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Making a will in lockdown: what better time to get the job done?

If making a will is on your to-do list during the coronavirus pandemic, be prepared for an unorthodox experience and do some advance prep, says Money Observer editor Faith Glasgow.

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Removal of IHT sweetener for Aim shares ‘would be recipe for mayhem’

It is widely expected changes to inheritance tax are in the offing, potentially in next month’s Budget, with one fund manager commenting that any changes to the IHT exemption around Aim shares would be disastrous.

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Spouses in line to receive extra £20,000 if their partner dies without a will

A rule change means that a surviving spouse could now get up to £270,000, but experts warn that the best way to avoid arguments over inheritance is to make a will.

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Financial planning and dementia: how to protect your family

All you need to know about the financial implications of dementia.

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Calls for banks’ voluntary scams code to be made compulsory

A report from the Treasury Select Committee says that banks should consider retroactively reimbursing victims of push payment fraud.

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Keep your wits about you – a history of financial scams

How to avoid becoming an investment fraud victim.

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Changes to EIS start to bite, despite inheritance tax receipts at record high

Tax relief on investments in small privately-owned companies fell by 22% in 2016/17, the latest figures show.

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