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Find out why getting specialist inheritance tax advice from us is simpler and more cost effective than using a lawyer, accountant or financial adviser.
Everyone’s situation is different but having an initial discussion with Charles has really helped me personally navigate what can be a daunting subject
Charles has thorough understanding about Inheritance Tax and other financial matters. He has advised us over many years and and was a great help in sorting our Inheritance Tax
Bluebond helped my parents to solve their substantial inheritance tax problems with efficient advice that will save my family a huge potential tax liability in future.
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Putting it up here encourages me and everyone I engage with to hold me accountable for this statement. It took a while for me to pluck up the courage to place such a bold statement on this and other websites but now it’s done it pushes me to achieve my purpose.
Why inspire? – It reminds me to set and achieve high standards.
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Why coach? – It’s effective in helping people to succeed
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My name is Charles de Lastic, and at the time of updating this in 2018, I am 62 years old. I live in the sleepy village of Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire, England with my wife and long-term partner of 23 years Heather. Heather and I met at Salsa dancing classes, and she is, without a doubt, one of the most organised people in the world – we make a great team. Our daughter, Kirsten, is a primary school teacher who lives with her boyfriend Sam who is a PE teacher.
My father died when I was very young. My mother Rita (87 this year) is living on the Gold Coast in Australia and playing a lot of golf. My two brothers – Robert lives in Australia in the same town as my mother, and Peter lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.I love to ski (downhill on snow), any form of water sport (especially kite surfing) take lots of interesting holidays (as you can tell by the tan in the photo above) and have meals out with friends.
At age 18 I started work in the equities department for the Queens Bank Coutts and Co in the city of London. After a few years, I decided I preferred working more with people and joined Sainsbury’s, rising to become a deputy store manager. This role gave me a solid foundation in business operations, systems and team management.
I “semi-retired at 31” to run my own business – a bar and restaurant on the Greek island of Lefkas. For seven years most of my summer days were spent windsurfing and evenings working in the bar. In the winters I indulged my passion for skiing and worked as a holiday rep in the French Alps for Thomsons and Inghams.
Eventually, I decided I was getting a bit long in the tooth for that hedonistic lifestyle, so I returned to the UK and trained to become a financial adviser with Lloyds Bank and then Barclays Bank. At Barclays, I worked mainly with business owners as clients.About 17 years ago we set up Bluebond as a separate consultancy business as a specialist in Inheritance Tax and Estate planning. We help the wealthy retired, investment property owners and business owners with their tax planning
After a few years working as a financial adviser mainly with business owners and professionals like doctors, dentists, accountants etc I found the most value I was bringing to clients was in the area of Inheritance tax advice as the savings when done properly can be huge. I felt there was a gap in the market as solicitors understand the legal side, accountants understand the tax side, and financial advisers understand financial products but almost no one has trained in all 3 areas in depth. I decided to train myself across all 3 areas and have spent the last 16 years advising clients in this specialist area.
My specialist knowledge across legal advice, tax advice and the financial products which impact on IHT is what makes Bluebond such a valuable resource to people with Inheritance tax problems.
My perspective is to help clients legally mitigate all taxes as I see no point in avoiding inheritance tax only to pay more income tax or Capital gains tax. Due to the complexity of Tax planning, I often find that just a few slight changes to the way people hold and deal with their assets can save considerable amounts in Tax over the years.
As Heather and I have also invested in our own property portfolio since 2005 I am also able to help Landlords in their tax planning as invariably professional landlords also have a large IHT problem as well.
Enjoy the journey
Inheritance Tax planning is a process used to avoid inheritance tax on your estate on your death. As a rough guide, if your assets exceed £325,000 (known as the Nil Rate Band or NRB) the excess will be taxed at 40%.If you are married or widowed, your executors can now claim two allowances thus meaning you do not have a problem if you die with assets below £650,000. Of course, it is not as simple as this. If you own a home, you will have an additional allowance called the residential nil rate band which will be £175,000 per person by 6th April 2020.
Inheritance Tax (IHT) is usually only payable on the second death within a married couple providing suitable Wills have been drawn up leaving the excess over the NRB to the surviving spouse.
As IHT is charged on the second death you should, of course, do some projections as to what your estate will be worth at that time as in many cases your estate value grows faster than the NRB allowances. In many cases, where property or properties in the south of the UK are the main assets, the IHT liability can almost double every 10 -12 years.
The rules regarding inheritance tax were changed in October 2006 and so if you have not had your existing Wills reviewed since that time is advised to do so. All new clients who proceed with our Advanced Wealth Protection Plan will have new wills included as part of the plan.
Most people fail to project forward the value of their assets over the time of their perceived lifetimes and so believe they will not have a large IHT liability. This is a serious error – Take the time to get the projections or engage us to do them for you.
Life Assurance is usually the most expensive route and does not avoid the tax but provides the funds to pay it. There are many more cost-effective ways, but basically, it involves giving assets away, either directly or into trust. We do not recommend giving assets directly to your children as they may get divorced and lose your money or even worse you may lose your home. You can find more information about this issue here.
Trusts are usually a better route than Life Insurance as they enable you and your beneficiaries to not only avoid the inheritance tax after seven years but also help keep control of the assets in the event of divorce or bankruptcy of your children. If set up correctly, they can also help avoid care home fees.
However, before you give assets away, you need to ensure that you are financially secure for the rest of your natural life. The good news is that money placed into a trust can also continue to supply you with an income stream for life. An experienced inheritance tax and Estate Planning Adviser is essential for your peace of mind in this area.
As inheritance tax Advisers, we have a specialist inheritance Tax calculator which we use to help clients and prospective clients get a much better idea of their actual probable liability. From this point of true calculation, it’s better to determine the most suitable strategies to resolve the inheritance tax problem.
Rule of thumb if you do not have access to this software: Use this link to calculate your IHT and once you have calculated your liability ( if most of your money is in your home ) double it every 10 years to give yourself a better idea. However, you should speak with us directly for a more accurate understanding.
As a rough guide, if your assets exceed £325,000 (known as the Nil Rate Band or NRB) the excess will be taxed at 40%. If you are married or widowed your executors can now claim two allowances thus meaning you do not have a problem if you die with assets below £650,000. Of course, it is not as simple as this. If you own a home you will have an additional allowance called the residential nil rate band which will be £175,000 per person by 6th April 2020.
IHT is usually only payable on the second death within a married couple providing suitable Wills have been drawn up leaving the excess over the NRB to the surviving spouse.
As IHT is charged on the second death, you should, of course, do some projections as to what your estate will be worth at that time as in many cases your estate value grows faster than the NRB allowances. In many cases, where property or properties in the south of the UK are the main assets, the IHT liability can almost double every 10 -12 years.
Most people fail to project forward the value of their assets over the time of their perceived lifetimes, and so believe they will not have a large IHT liability. This is a serious error – take the time to get the projections or and we can do them for you.