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March 1, 2018

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which enables you to decide who you trust to make decisions about your finances, property or healthcare, in the event you are no longer able to do so, and appoint them as your Attorney.

Age-related issues such as dem...

February 23, 2018

When we mention preparing a Will, many individuals assume the only significant point to consider is who is going to receive what under your Will and how much.

This is of course vital, but so is the appointment of your Executors.

A newspaper recently reported on an Execut...

November 14, 2017

The simple answer is yes they are.

Homemade wills are, generally, easier to challenge. There are a number of things which a Court will be looking for when it considers whether a testator was capable of making a Will.

Firstly, the testator must have had the requisite ment...

October 21, 2017

The Times newspaper last week carried the headline “Duke of Westminster’s £8bn fortune escapes death duties”.

In the article, it was reported that on the face of the probate granted in respect of the late Duke’s Estate, personal wealth of £616 million was mostly left on...

October 11, 2017

With the average nursing home fees now costing around £1,000 a week the question of paying for care in old age has become an increasingly hot topic.

A common question I get asked is ‘If I give away my Assets, will the Local Authority pay my fees?’

Giving away assets to y...

August 21, 2017

Some of you may have seen the article in the papers yesterday about how a group of animal charities are taking grieving man to court over the validity of his late partner's home made Will, and how so far this legal action has cost him over £10,000. 

The homemade Will in...

August 15, 2017

I recently wrote a blog about the new Residence Nil rate band allowance that was introduced by the government back in April this year and how this could potentially reduce homeowners' tax bill.  In light of the figures recently released by HM Revenue & Customs relating...

July 31, 2017

Prior to the election earlier this year, a key promise in the Conservative Party’s manifesto was an increase in a married couples’ “nil rate band” (the amount they can ultimately pass to their children or others free of inheritance tax ) from £650,000 to £1 million....

July 27, 2017

Its a well known fact that lots of parents do not share the same surname as their child and travel without their child’s other parent.

I was talking to my friend recently who, on returning into the UK, was met by a slightly grumpy Passport Control officer who demanded t...

July 4, 2017

I read this week that there is another new initiative to try and reform the laws of intestacy to include cohabitees.

The law of intestacy sets out what happens to someone’s assets if they do not leave a Will.  It is estimated that approximately 70% of the population do...

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