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The Funerals Market Investigation Order 2021

Posted on 17th September 2021 in Later Life Planning

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that the new obligations contained in the Funeral Markets Investigation Order 2021, which was made in June 2021, are now in force for funeral directors and crematoria.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Acting as Attorney or Deputy under Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted on 10th September 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

If you are acting for someone who is elderly or vulnerable, it is important that you understand how your responsibilities might need to adapt under any current rules and restrictions.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Delays when registering a Lasting Power of Attorney

Posted on 16th July 2021 in Later Life Planning

The England and Wales Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has announced that it is currently experiencing delays when registering Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Business Property Relief and Holiday Parks

Posted on 08th July 2021 in Parks, Later Life Planning

Two years ago this month, the Office of Tax Simplification published their second report into the reform of Inheritance Tax. Having gathered information from practitioners, government departments and the public, they sought to publish their findings about how the complex Inheritance Tax system could be reformed.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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What you need to know about Personal Injury Trusts

Posted on 22nd June 2021 in Later Life Planning

Receiving compensation as a result of a personal injury claim can provide some comfort when living with an injury or disability, however it can also be a daunting prospect. For many, the idea of managing the funds for themselves or their child can be quite overwhelming.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Moving the tax year boundaries

Posted on 10th June 2021 in Later Life Planning

A recent report published by the Office for Tax Simplification has suggested that the tax year instead moves to synchronise with the calendar year, so from 1st January to 31st December.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney under Covid restrictions

Posted on 27th May 2021 in Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

As the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions lift in England and Wales, it is important to note that safeguards and procedures do remain in place in relation to certain legal documents.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Power of Attorney & protecting the rights of people with dementia

Posted on 18th May 2021 in Later Life Planning

When a person receives a dementia diagnosis, this of course doesn’t automatically mean that they cannot make important decisions from that point onwards.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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More estates caught by Inheritance Tax last year

Posted on 05th May 2021 in Later Life Planning

Inheritance tax receipts for the tax year 2020/21 saw an increase of £200 million from 2019/2020, reaching a total of £5.3 billion raised through this tax in this year.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Lasting Powers of Attorney drop by 30% last year

Posted on 23rd April 2021 in Later Life Planning

A recent article on Today’s Wills & Probate shows that a freedom of information request by Quilter revealed “a 30 percent drop in the number of LPAs registered between April 2020 and February 2021, compared to the same period the previous year”.

Posted by

Cory Stephenson

Trainee Solicitor

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Who to appoint as a trustee

Posted on 16th April 2021 in Later Life Planning

There are many reasons why an individual may establish a trust, whether this is created in a person’s Will to protect assets or during a person’s lifetime.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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How to find out if someone has an attorney or deputy

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Later Life Planning

If you have concerns about an elderly or vulnerable person, finding out whether they have an attorney or deputy to assist with their affairs may be crucial.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor