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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…

Vacancy – Solicitor / FCILEx Court of Protection

We are currently recruiting for a Solicitor / FCILEx to join our fast growing team specialising in the provision of professional attorney and deputy services. Responsibilities Your role will include the following, but additional tasks may be added as appropriate for the role: The provision of comprehensive legal advice and representation to clients and family members, particularly within…

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…

Vacancy – paralegal

We are currently recruiting for a Private Client / Court of Protection Paralegal to join our fast growing team.  The role will be wide ranging, supporting the work of the director in court of protection, power off attorney, Wills, probate and trust matters.  It will require you to deal directly with clients, draft documents and…

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…