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Q My wife and I have a joint estate which is in excess of the inheritance tax threshold.
This means that when the first dies, that half share can be taken out of the joint estate and bequeathed to children.
Consider the example where a joint estate is valued at pounds 510,000, where all assets are owned in joint names between spouses.
The first is, do you have a joint estate worth pounds 300,000, or is it pounds 300,000 each?
Attorney Richard Plotin dropped off the case in April after a family law judge, John Smiley, ruled that she could not dig into the family's joint estate worth more than $1 million to pay for a private attorney.

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