Court of Protection

Who is talking about professional deputies?

There has been a great deal of talk recently regarding the suitability of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and whether these provide adequate safeguards. I think it is good that a debate has been sparked but why aren’t we also looking at Court appointed deputies and in particular the conduct of some professional deputies? Professional […]

A positive outcome for survivors of historic abuse

There has been an important Court of Appeal ruling recently about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and how it treats victims of historic abuse. The ruling could mean that claims that have not been allowed to proceed before could now be allowed to go ahead. The change that has occurred concerns a rule called the […]

Sometimes historic abuse is hidden and covered up for years and years. That does not mean that it has been forgotten.

It’s not too late but don’t leave it too late…

You can claim compensation for abuse even though it happened years ago and the perpetrator has died. Sometimes historic abuse is hidden and covered up for years and years. That does not mean that it has been forgotten. Aston Hall Hospital in Derbyshire was a Hospital who took in children, young people and some adults […]

Catalyst for change?

The catalyst for change?

The Supreme Court today rejected Mrs Tini Owens’ appeal to end her unhappy marriage to her husband High Owens, thereby dismissing her application for divorce. Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978 and have two adult children. Although she stated that she had been contemplating divorce since 2012, she only separated from her husband in […]

The lasting impact of sexual assault

The lasting impact of sexual assault

Recent research carried out by University College London and King’s College Hospital NHS Trust has shown that 80% of teenage girls are likely to develop psychological conditions in the weeks following a sexual assault. The findings were reported in The Lancet. The study took place between April 2013 and April 2015 in Greater London. It […]

Probate

Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #7

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Myth #7: If I make a Will, this will avoid having to go to Probate. The Facts: Not quite. It all depends upon the value […]

Wills And Probate Myth Busters

Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #6

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Myth #6: If I make a Will, I’m “tempting fate”. The Facts: We can only speculate why people believe this. However you can rest assured […]

Wills and Probate Myth Busters

Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #5

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Myth #5: I already have a Will, so I can just keep making changes to it myself as my circumstances change. The Facts: This is […]

Wills And Probate Myth Busters

Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #4

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them? Myth #4: It’s better not to make a Will because I don’t want my executors to have to pay for the funeral, or any of […]

Wills And Probate

Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #3

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them?  Myth #3: My executors and my beneficiaries cannot be the same people. The Facts: This is false. It is actually very common for the executors […]