Developing Vulnerability – Decision Making & Mental Capacity

01.01.24

Having mental capacity to make our own decisions is something that many of us take for granted. However, in reality, any of us could face an accident or illness which means our ability to make decisions for ourselves fluctuates or is lost on a short-term, or even permanent, basis. In…


Practical tips for Estate Administration – part two

09.09.20

As we explained in the introductory piece in this new blog series on estate administration, when someone dies it can seem there are an overwhelming number of jobs which need to be done. In part two of the series below, we aim to provide a useful step by step guide…


New changes on the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney

24.08.20

The Office of The Public Guardian has launched a new online service to make the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) easier. The new tool currently applies to LPAs registered after 17 July 2020. The Office of the Public Guardian also have plans to widen the use of the…


New online option for signing Wills

13.08.20

On 25th July 2020, it was announced that Wills witnessed remotely (i.e. over Zoom and Skype) are to be legalised, in a significant overhaul of probate legislation driven by Covid-19. Up until now, The Wills Act of 1837 has meant that Wills must be signed in the physical presence of…


Practical tips for Estate Administration – part one

23.07.20

Welcome to our new Estate Administration blog series. We often do not realise how many practical tasks there are to consider when someone dies until we find ourselves responsible for making the funeral arrangements, or helping someone to do this. During this emotional and distressing time, it can be difficult…


Peace of Mind in Later Life – Part 3:  Why it makes sense to get your affairs in order before this autumn

06.04.20

In the first part of this series, our blog on Lasting Powers of Attorney considered what needs to be put in place in case we should lose the ability to make our own decisions.  In the second blog post of the series we looked at what measures you can take…


Peace of Mind in Later Life – Part 2:  How do I avoid paying tax when I die?

04.03.20

In the first part of this series, our blog on Lasting Powers of Attorney considered what needs to be put in place in case we should lose the ability to make our own decisions.  In this second blog post of the series we move on to consider what can be…


What is the Court of Protection?

29.08.18

In this blog, we explain what the Court of Protection is, and why it matters if you have a disabled child or a loved one with a learning disability. Gov.uk defines the Court of Protection’s role as follows: We make decisions on financial or welfare matters for people who can’t…


Would your business survive without you? – Business Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

15.08.18

If you are the owner of a business, thinking about whether your business could survive without you may not be something you have considered before.  However, being absent from the workplace can often cause operational problems and threaten the future of the company and yet, in our experience, business owners…


#askRL – What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

02.07.18

Today, Solicitors for the Elderly launch its new campaign “The Incapacity Crisis: Making sure your wishes are heard” which raises awareness of Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney. In support of the campaign, and as part of our own blog series on ‘Developing Vulnerability’ which looks at what happens…