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A Statutory Will – What is it and when might it be useful?

Most will be aware of the role of a Will; the document in which the individual making the Will sets out their wishes in relation to how they would like their estate to be divided upon their death. It’s a pretty morbid thing to think about “what do I want to happen when I die?”…

Public Guardian issues updated guidance on gifting for attorneys & deputies

To gift or not to gift… A dilemma often faced by an individual’s (“P”) attorney/deputy. Pressure to gift P’s assets can result from the financial difficulties of P’s friends and family, a wish to save inheritance tax, misguided attempts to avoid paying for long term care fees or even directly from P.  An attorney/deputy considering…

Powers of Attorney: Public Guardian fee refund scheme

The Office of the Public Guardian’s (“OPG”) is offering a partial refund of fees to those who paid their registration fees when applying to register lasting or enduring powers of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. During this period, the OPG’s operating costs came down as more people applied to register a…

A simple Will?

When meeting a Will client for the first time, the phrase “I just want a simple Will” is often deployed early in the conversation.  Over the years I’ve come to accept that this defensive opening gambit is borne of the assumption that solicitors complicate everything because complexity means a higher fee. Searching questions are assumed…

Probate fees to increase by up to 12,900%

The Government has published the results of its recent consultation on probate fee reform. Full details of the consultation can be found at http://bit.ly/2lApYvW. The following sets out a brief overview of the proposals and our view of the implications. Grants of Representation A Grant of Representation (‘Grant’) is the generic name for the formal…

5 common mistakes on entering care

There are approximately 430,000 people living in care homes in the UK but for anyone speaking to the relevant statutory bodies at the time of entering care, you could be forgiven for thinking you are the only one.  The fragmented nature of the care system and the benefits system mean that you are rarely provided with…