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Six tips for getting your pensions strategy right, first time

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

With so many options for UK pensions, it can be difficult to know what to do to achieve a financially secure retirement. The ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and political volatility in the UK also raises questions about how long we can expect today’s opportunities for expatriates to […]

Seven things you need to consider when moving to France

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Thinking of moving to France or buying a property here? Or perhaps you have recently arrived are still in the process of settling in. While foreign bureaucracy and tax legislation may seem off-putting, with early and careful planning you can prevent headaches and make the most of tax-efficient […]

Taking up residence in France?  Take advice early.

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

It is not difficult to appreciate why so many people fall in love with France and consider making it their home. There are, however, some tax and financial essentials you need to be aware of and plan for if you are to get the best out of living […]

The new UK tax year: What has and hasn’t changed?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

The 2019/20 UK tax year ticked over on 6 April 2019, resetting thresholds and allowances for the next 12 months. We explore changes that may affect expatriates and what you can do to make the most of existing rules.

Personal tax

The amount of UK income you can […]

Should you transfer a final salary pension? Six questions to help you decide

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Transfer values for UK final salary pensions may be high, but would you really benefit from giving up a lifetime retirement income for a one-off payment?

If you were offered £235,000 now or an inflation-proofed £10,000 a year for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

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Why you should consider an LPA

By Alice Williams

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – what are they?

An LPA is a legal document where you appoint someone to look after your affairs. The chosen person(s) can then make decisions such as dealing with your bills and bank accounts or deciding on your medical care.

There are two types:

1.Property […]

One size does not fit all when it comes to investments

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

There is no single investment solution that suits everyone; what will work for you depends on your own objectives, time-frame and risk appetite. The same applies to any financial planning – whether you are looking at investments, tax planning, pensions or estate planning, your approach should be […]

What are your UK pension options in France today?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Pensions are often the key to long-term financial security, so it is crucial to take extreme care when deciding what to do here. Expatriates have the added complication of factoring in the tax rules of two countries, as well as the potential for Brexit to limit the […]

France tax changes for 2019

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

A new year in France usually sees the introduction of some new tax rules or rates. This year is no exception, although the changes are rather muted compared to last year’s big reforms to the taxation of investment income and wealth tax.

The biggest changes in 2019 are […]

Review your finances for the new year

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

The new year is a good time to reflect on the previous 12 months and look ahead to what the coming year may bring. Make sure one new year’s resolution is to review your financial planning to check it is up-to-date and on track to protect your family’s […]