The Law Society backs alternative wills

On 9 November 2017, the Law Society said that if a person has expressed their final wishes in a format other than a legally valid Will, the Courts should be able to recognise those wishes. The Law Society was responding to the Law Commission’s consultation into Will reform. The consultation closed on 10 November and […]

Lasting Power of Attorney: A response to the comments made by Judge Lush

In August 2017, Denzil Lush, a retired Senior Judge from the Court of Protection, said he would never sign a Lasting Power of Attorney because of the risk of financial abuse and the devastating effects on family relationships. Judge Lush also commented that the system of appointing deputies by the Court of Protection had been […]

Do you want to become an organ donor? Don’t forget to tell your family

Becoming an organ donor is one of the greatest acts of kindness there is, and many people are comforted by the knowledge that they will be helping other people to live on after they themselves have died. Many donors insert clauses into their Wills expressing their wishes to donate their organs. Such clauses are perfectly […]

Digital Powers of Attorney – is that such a good idea?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently suggested that Lasting Powers of Attorney should be granted online, removing the need for “wet” signatures. The idea is that this should make Powers of Attorney easier to apply for. The FCA made the proposal in a paper about improving financial services for the elderly, which was published […]

Biggest injury from a terrorist attack can be psychological

Often the biggest injury from a terrorist attack is psychological. The initial life threatening terror, panic and shock can change as the weeks go by into anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, PTSD and personality changes. These conditions occur as your brain tries to process the horror that you have been through. If you have lost someone […]

If a child is assaulted by another child

If your child is assaulted by another child can he or she claim compensation for their injuries?  The answer is yes. Victoria Price explains “even though the person who commits the assault is under 18 you can still bring a claim to the CICA.  Providing that the injured child did not provoke the fight or […]

Use your head – use a lawyer

The internet makes all sorts of things accessible that would not have been possible in the past.  Conducting your own personal injury claim via the Criminal Injuries Scheme web page is one of those things. An application can be made via their website and the CICA will then deal with the case direct with the […]

Why I made a will

It may surprise people to know that lawyers are no different to the rest of us. We know that we need a Will but put off making one. That was me until two years ago. I never got round to it. I knew that I needed to make one but could always think of a […]

I’ve been cut out of the Will! Can I challenge it?

If you feel that you have been left out of the Will of a parent or close family member, you will no doubt feel aggrieved and will want to know what your options are. In these circumstances, it may be possible to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. […]