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What happens to your pension when you die?
(And how to best prepare)

Pensions are essential for retirement planning, but their fate after death must also be considered.  In this article, we look at how you can ensure the smooth transfer of pension benefits to your loved ones. We also review the key steps your Executor or personal representative will need to take.  Around 79% of UK residents contribute to a pension, demonstrating their importance for financial stability in retirement. Understanding how pensions impact UK inheritance tax (IHT) is critical, as exceeding £325,000 per person in the UK can result in a 40% tax on the estate. If a pension holder dies before [...]

End-of-Life Doula

Exploring the Role of End-of-Life Doulas:  When families dealing with end-of-life care confront the inevitable reality of mortality, the presence of an end-of-life doula can offer immense comfort and assistance.  Commonly known as death doulas or end-of-life coaches, these compassionate individuals can provide an invaluable support service to those navigating the final stages of life.  In this article, we delve into the role of an end-of-life doula, shedding light on their significance in bereavement services, the hospice environment and palliative care.  What is an End-of-Life Doula? An end-of-life doula is a trained professional who offers emotional, practical, and spiritual guidance [...]

Portsmouth Water and Settld working together for the bereaved

Portsmouth Water  and Settld pledge to make life simpler for bereaved and vulnerable customers  New partnership with award-winning end-of-life admin service Settld will improve care for bereaved customers   October 25th, 2022 Portsmouth Water is making life simpler for bereaved and vulnerable customers by signing a key deal with end-of-life admin service Settld.  The utility company has today unveiled a new strategic partnership with the award-winning nationwide bereavement service.  Settld will streamline end-of-life account administration for those handling the affairs of a Portsmouth Water customer who has died. The partnership has also initiated a new support service for the water [...]

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement Leave and Bereavement Payments   Bereavement leave is time taken off work when someone has died.     Most employers will allow staff to take bereavement leave ( known as compassionate leave) when someone close dies.  The amount of time you can take and whether or not you will be paid depends on the age of the person who died.   Who can get bereavement leave? Bereavement leave (which is classed as one form of Compassionate Leave) is an entitlement providing either: The person who died was a dependant (a partner, parent, child or someone else who relied on the [...]

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