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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 […]

What Dogs really talk about

by Nick da Costa, an extract . . .

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old oak tree in the early evening.

There was Whitman, a Springer Spaniel, who – having been named after an American poet – affected an air of quiet superiority and […]

Fed up of Unwanted Sales Calls? Here Some Simple Ways to Stop Them

by Bob Elliott

There is nothing more irritating that being interrupted by an unwanted sales call, but there are several things you can do to prevent being called.

If you are about to have a new line installed now is the time to decide if being ex-directory is right for you. It is a […]

What you need to know about pensions today

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Pensions are complex, yet often the cornerstone of a comfortable retirement. Today, with Brexit looming and more options than ever for what you can do with your funds, it is difficult to establish the best approach – there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

Here, we take […]

Make Time To Future-Proof Your Legacy . . . Estate planning for France

You may have put a lot of thought into your financial planning to make sure you have enough for the retirement lifestyle you want. Have you given the same kind of attention to your estate planning? If so, is it up to date?

Writing your will is by no means the only step. Estate […]

5 Reasons Property in the EU is still a good buy for Britons

by Richard Way

The prospect of Brexit has triggered some Britons to defer plans to move to a European Union (EU) country or purchase a second home in EU destinations, such as Spain or Portugal. Conversely, many Britons are continuing with their planned property purchase.

No-one knows if – or to what extent – Brexit […]

Capital Gains Tax On Property in France

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

If you are looking to buy a property in France, or already own one, you need to know what sort of tax to expect if and when you come to sell it. On the sale, you will be liable to French capital gains tax whether you are […]

Guide To Buying Property In France: Finding Your Ideal Property With Home Hunts

by Tim Swannie

Buying any type of property or land in France is strictly regulated and navigating your way through the property buying process can be somewhat daunting. For this reason Home Hunts have put together adefinitive guide to buying property in France to help offer you advice through every step of this process. This […]

The Winter Fuel Pantomime or How Iain Duncan Smith fiddled the figures

Illustration by Nicholas Whitmore

By David R.Burrage and Peter Woodall

This man, Iain Duncan Smith, has pulled off the biggest ever confidence trick in UK Parliamentary history!

He has deprived 95,890 British Pensioner households of their legal right to claim a Winter Fuel Payment. He succeeded in persuading Parliament to accept […]

Understanding the Changes to Social Charges

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Taxation in France is notoriously complex, and social charges are a good example of this. They are effectively a second form of income tax and are levied on most types of income on top of income tax.

Social charges are payable on earned income at 8% and pensions […]