Court of Protection

Can I act as a joint deputy for property and finances?

A question that I commonly encounter is whether or not you can appoint more than one deputy for property and financial decisions. The simple answer is, yes! There are two different ways in which the court can appoint more than one financial deputy. The first is a joint appointment which requires both deputies to act […]

Emergency Services

Protecting those who protect us

In the UK, we are fortunate that in the event of an emergency, whether it be fire, health related or law and order, we can dial 999 and have an emergency service respond who can offer immediate assistance. Each and every day, these teams come face to face with danger whilst in the line of […]

Estate Planning - Inheritance Tax

Estate Planning Myth #7

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #7: If I give away property while I am still alive, this will avoid inheritance tax. The Facts: Not quite. The basic position is that if […]

Gifting home or writing into trust

Estate Planning Myth #6

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #6: Gifting my home or writing it into trust for my children is a good way of avoiding having to pay care home fees. The Facts: […]

Will

Estate Planning Myth #5

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #5: I had my Will and LPAs drawn up years ago, so I don’t need to think about it any more. The Facts: Whilst it is […]

Wishes

Estate Planning Myth #4

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #4: My family know my wishes so I don’t need to do anything else The Facts: You might be certain that your family understand what you […]

Common Law

Estate Planning Myth #3

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #3: Only old people need to think about estate planning. The Facts: Not at all. Life can change very quickly, no matter how old you are… […]

Wills And Probate

Estate Planning Myth #2

There are many myths and misconceptions in relation to Estate Planning. Have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Estate Planning Myth #2: Only rich people need to worry about estate planning The Facts: Estate Planning is the process of ‘putting your affairs in order’. This incorporates making […]

Court of Protection

Balancing Best Interest Decisions

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting with a Judge from Japan, who wanted to learn more about the laws in England and Wales for managing the financial affairs of people who lack capacity. It provided me with the opportunity to discuss the legal framework in Japan and contrast this with our own systems. […]

Was it all sun, sea and sangria?

Was it all sun, sea and sangria?

As you return to work or studies after the long hot summer, are you reminiscing and talking about your memories of festivals, gigs and club nights that you have enjoyed? Or have events this summer harmed you or left you with memories that you would rather forget? Not everyone’s experience of social gatherings is so […]