We look at the difference between Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney, and the circumstances in which you need each type of document. We also look at why the newer finance LPAs are a benefit and how making one can avoid stress and expense down the line. Finally we consider why everyone needs a health and care LPA.
Whether you’re thinking about a career in law or you’ve already started your legal qualifications, you might be wondering which route to becoming a lawyer is the best.
21st to 27th of May is Dementia Action Week – an event organised by the Alzheimer’s Society in support of dementia sufferers, their families and carers. We look at the main messages behind the campaign and what you can do to show your support.
We look at how you can provide for your pet in your Will, some important practical considerations, and the different options open to you in deciding who will care for your pet after you die.
Unless you’ve been ignoring your inbox over the past few weeks, you’ve probably been inundated with requests to update your ‘privacy’ or ‘marketing’ preferences, in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from Friday 25th May 2018. The Regulation brings huge changes to how organisations handle your data, and your rights as a ‘data subject’. Here, we look at some of the changes that are likely to affect you.
MPs are calling for the government to give grandparents rights to see their grandchildren after a divorce. They are proposing a change to the Children Act which would give children the right to maintain their relationship with members of their extended family. In addition to grandparents, the change would also facilitate contact between aunts and […]
If you’ve paid too much stamp duty as a result of an incorrect calculation or lack of awareness that a particular relief is available, you might be able to claim a refund.
In a recent decision, the High Court has ruled in favour of a woman who was left nothing from her late partner’s £1.5 million estate.
Is it better to make a Lasting Power of Attorney now; or leave those close to you to apply for a Deputyship Order in the future, should one be needed? We look at the advantages of using an LPA over leaving things to chance.
From 1st April 2018, Landlords renting out properties in the private sector will need to achieve a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
What happens if a property is occupied by an unmarried cohabiting couple but the legal title is in one name only? This question often arises where both have contributed in the relationship but then split up.
In a recent decision regarding an inheritance dispute, the High Court has awarded over £1 million to a daughter who spent her life working on the family farm in the expectation of one day inheriting it.
If you have children under the age of 18, you may want to consider appointing a guardian for them in your Will in case you die before they reach the age of 18. This allows you to choose someone you approve of to take care of your children, giving you peace of mind.
In the recent case of James v James the Court confirmed that, when deciding whether a person has the necessary mental capacity to make a Will, the criteria set out in the old case of Banks v Goodfellow (1870) must still be applied, despite the fact that newer legislation has come into force dealing with the question of capacity.
Those who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in England and Wales between April 2013 and March 2017 can claim a partial refund of up to £54 together with 0.5% interest.
A recent case study highlights the danger of making Mirror Wills which can result in your entire estate passing sideways out of the family to a stranger.
Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price has confirmed that the promised £72,500 cap on social care costs will not be introduced. We look at what you can do.
What you NEED to know before writing a Will and why Wills made using a cheap £19.99 Wills service or DIY service puts your assets at risk.
C4’s Dispatches programme demonstrated that Asset Protection Trusts are bad news – we look at the viable alternative which protects your home from care fees
Many people are still unaware that if they need care in later life, their assets will be means-tested by the local authority to help pay for these services. This goes back to the Community Care Act 1990, which came into force in 1993.
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