Get Behind 999

Get Behind 999

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has launched a new campaign; ‘Get Behind 999’, aimed at raising awareness and in turn eliminating the physical and verbal abuse faced by our emergency service employees. With over 1200 incidents of violence and aggression towards NWAS employees recorded in 2017 alone, concerns are being raised regarding staff wellbeing […]

Can I sell jointly owned property when one of the owners lacks capacity?

Can I sell jointly owned property when one of the owners lacks capacity?

This is a common issue where people hold property jointly and then sadly one or both of them loses capacity to make decisions regarding the sale of the property. Where property is held jointly the owners are the trustees of the property and hold the property on trust for one another. In circumstances where one […]

Would your loved one know your wishes?

Talking about dying can be a difficult conversation for many people to have, but without telling someone what you would want to happen in the event of your death, how would they know they were following your wishes? If you died suddenly would your family and friends know whether you would want to be buried […]

Supporting our NHS employees

When we go to work each day, the last thing we expect is to be violently attacked in the course of carrying out our duties. Sadly, however, for many healthcare professionals, this is something that they have had to become aware of, because violence against NHS staff has reached its highest level in 5 years. […]

Heirlooms and Antiques

We all cherish certain items; antiques, art work, jewellery, crockery, record collections, clothing or photographs. Some hold little financial value but significant sentimental value. Some have significant financial value. If you wish to pass them on to a loved one, a relative or close friend, how can you be sure that this will happen when […]

Get your house in order

Buying a house, either on your own or as a couple is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you make during your lifetime. It is likely to become your biggest asset too. This new home brings with it responsibilities and obligations. To ensure these are met we take out mortgage cover, house insurance, […]

Are you owed a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian?

Are you owed a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian?

If you applied to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017, then you may be entitled to have part of this fee refunded. An LPA or EPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) in […]

Learning from mistakes

The NHS Litigation Authority, now known as NHS Resolution (NHSR) is the body that manages claims for negligence against NHS member organisations. After over a decade of managing these claims and obtaining data on all avoidable injury and deaths sustained, standards should be improving. All healthcare professionals have a Duty of Candour; an obligation to […]

Review of Legal Aid for Coroners Inquests

Review of Legal Aid for Coroners Inquests

The Ministry of Justice are currently reviewing the availability of legal aid for bereaved families in England and Wales. When someone dies in certain locations or circumstances, a coroner will be asked to investigate and determine how that person died. Examples of when the coroner would be involved are when someone dies alone at home, […]

Court ruling

Recent Court Ruling relating to Lasting Powers of Attorneys

In October 2018, the Court of Protection finalised its ruling on wording contained in Lasting Power of Attorney documents which expressed instructions to attorneys regarding assisted dying. Although it would be unlawful for an Attorney to become involved in an assisted dying arrangement (which is not the same as withdrawing life sustaining treatment), the Court […]