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Lasting Powers of Attorney: Why Do I Need Them and When Should I Prepare Them?

Posted on 21st February 2024 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney may seem like a task for another day, but as time goes on, our ability to manage our affairs may decrease or be prevented by an unexpected illness or accident. By making sure that you have the documents in place, and registered, this helps to ensure that a trusted person can step in to assist you when you need it most.

Posted by

Alice Carter-Tyler

Solicitor

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Can I Change My Lasting Power of Attorney After Registration?

Posted on 15th January 2024 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) allow you to appoint people to manage your affairs, should you need some help or become unable to manage your affairs yourself.

Posted by

Emma McAdam

Solicitor

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What is a Deputyship Order and When Do You Need One?

Posted on 12th December 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

Deputyship is a legal term that refers to the appointment of a person (called a deputy) to make decisions on behalf of another person who lacks the mental capacity to do so.

Posted by

Jessica Nowell

Paralegal

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Did Inheritance Tax change in the Autumn Statement 2023?

Posted on 26th November 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

This year’s Autumn Statement was notable for what it did not say rather than what it did. Despite the rumours and speculation in the build-up to the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor did not announce a reduction or simplification of Inheritance Tax, meaning that over the coming years more and more estates will be caught in the Inheritance Tax rules.

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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When Should I Review My Will? Part 2

Posted on 07th November 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

In the first part of this insight we discussed two of the main life changes which can necessitate changes to your Will being marriage and divorce.  We now consider other life changes which occur and can create situations which necessitate changes to your Will.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

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When Should I Review My Will? Part 1

Posted on 07th November 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The importance of making a Will which reflects your wishes is therefore paramount but, after making your Will, when should you consider reviewing whether it still reflects your wishes particularly if your circumstances have changed.   

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

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Can a Financial Consent Order Be Signed by a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Posted on 31st October 2023 in Family Law, Later Life Planning

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can be put into place by a donor (the person appointing the LPA) at any stage of their life and it allows the LPA to make decisions about both the donors property and financial affairs should they lose the mental capacity to make those decisions themselves.

Posted by

Sophie Charlton-Rigg

Paralegal

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Can I Appoint a Guardian for My Child in My Will?

Posted on 26th October 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

If you have a child or children under the age of 18, you may have thought about appointing a guardian. But what exactly would this entail, both for you and for them?

Posted by

Sophie-Dominique Waddie

Paralegal

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What’s the Difference Between an Attorney and a Deputy?

Posted on 24th October 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The day-to-day steps taken by attorneys and deputies are quite similar – but there are some important differences. This question-and-answer document may help to answer some of the more frequent questions people have. 

Posted by

Sarah Phillips

Associate & Chartered Legal Executive

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Should I Transfer My Home to My Children?

Posted on 24th October 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

For many people, the family home is their principal asset and a question which we regularly get asked by our clients is whether they should give away their property, or whether they should put it into joint names with their children.

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Parliament Passes Bill on Digital Lasting Power of Attorney

Posted on 03rd October 2023 in Probate & Wills, Later Life Planning

The UK Parliament has now passed the Powers of Attorney Bill enabling the Office of the Public Guardian to introduce a new system for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

Posted by

Emma McAdam

Solicitor

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Avoiding Errors in Lasting Powers of Attorney: New OPG Guidance

Posted on 21st September 2023 in Later Life Planning

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are lengthy documents which, as people will often know from experience, can offer many opportunities for mistakes. LPAs are used to appoint attorneys to deal with your affairs, should you need help or become unable to make decisions for yourself.

Posted by

Emma McAdam

Solicitor