Power of Attorney

Permitting someone to act on your behalf

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to give someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf. There are several different types of Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), previously called an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’, allows your attorneys to make decisions for you when you no longer wish to, or when you lack the mental capacity to do so. Continue reading…


Making a Will

An essential part of your financial planning

Your Will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a Will, you can also make sure you don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. It’s an essential part of your financial planning. Not only does it set out your wishes, but die without a Will, and your estate will generally be divided according to the rules of intestacy, which may not reflect your wishes. Without one, the State directs who inherits, so your loved ones, relatives, friends and favourite charities may get nothing. Continue reading…


Income protection insurance

No one is immune to the risk of illness and accidents

You might think this may not happen to you (and, of course, we hope it doesn’t), but it’s important to recognise that no one is immune to the risk of illness and accidents. Continue reading…


Critical illness cover

Minimise the financial impact on you and your loved ones

We never think a critical illness is going to happen to us, especially when we feel fit and healthy, but it can and does. If the worst does happen, it’s important to make sure you’re financially protected against the impact a critical illness could have on you and your family.  Continue reading…


Whole-of-life insurance

Guaranteed financial protection that lasts for the rest of your life

As the name suggests, whole-of-life insurance policies are ongoing policies that pay out when you die, whenever that is. Because it’s guaranteed that you’ll die at some point (and therefore that the policy will have to pay out), these policies are more expensive than term assurance policies, which only pay out if you die within a certain time frame. Continue reading…


Term life insurance

The most basic type of life insurance
With term life insurance, you choose the amount you want to be insured for and the period for which you want cover. This is the most basic type of life insurance. If you die within the term, the policy pays out to your beneficiaries. If you don’t die during the term, the policy doesn’t pay out, and the premiums you’ve paid are not returned to you.  Continue reading…


Life insurance

Helping dependants to cope financially in the event of your premature death

It may be the case that not everyone needs life insurance (also known as ‘life cover’ and ‘death cover’). But if your children, partner or other relatives depend on your income to cover the mortgage or other living expenses, then the answer is yes – you probably do want life insurance, since it will help provide for your family in the event of your death. Continue reading…


Estate matters

Structuring your affairs efficiently means starting the correct planning early enough

Inheritance tax (IHT) is payable by some people who, for the most part, could have avoided it. If you want your estate to go to your loved ones with the minimum amount of IHT payable, you should obtain professional advice. There are currently a number of generous reliefs relating to IHT. Continue reading…


Unlocking cash in your home – is it right for you?

Funding a pension shortfall or meeting an unexpected expense

Rising incomes and savings pots among UK families are masking a widening gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, the latest Aviva Family Finance Report reveals. The last six months have seen the typical family’s income reach its highest point since March 2012. Better savings habits also mean the typical family is saving a record £113 each month. Continue reading…


Cash Flow Modelling

Visualising your financial future

In order to develop your financial plan, you need clarity over your goals, your objectives and your motivations. Cash flow modelling illustrates what might happen to your finances in the future, and enables you to plan to ensure that you make the most of your money to achieve your financial objectives. Continue reading…