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Court of Protection and deputyship

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If an individual loses the capacity to manage their own affairs and make important decisions and they have not legally appointed someone to act as their attorney, it may be necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order. When someone...

Intestacy explained

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When someone dies without leaving a Will, they are said to have died intestate. There are strict rules governing who will inherit their estate, known as the Rules of Intestacy. Dealing with the estate of someone who has not left a Will can be more complex...

Will checklist

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When you are having your Will drawn up, there is more to think about than simply whom you wish to leave your estate to. Below is a brief checklist of issues to consider when making your Will . Funeral wishes If you want to,...

Using a deed of variation to change the terms of a Will

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A deed of variation can be used to change the provisions of someone’s Will after they have died. This can be used to distribute their assets in a different way in order to reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that will be payable or to make provision...

12-week consultation into the digitisation of LPAs begins

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Last week, the government launched a 12-week consultation into the modernisation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). An LPA is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances, health, and care for you should you lose...

Kate Garraway & the legal protections we should all have in place

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Kate Garraway’s heart-breaking story of her husband Derek’s year-long battle with Covid has been made even more complicated by the lack of legal protection she and Derek had in place. Kate was unable to access...

The perils of 'DIY' wills

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A judge has ruled that Terri Tibbbles will inherit her father’s £300,000 estate after declaring a ‘DIY’ will allegedly written, and signed, days before his death as invalid. William Tibbles died in February 2018 leaving 5 children; 4...

Changes to court probate process due to coronavirus

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The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all businesses and organisations across the nation; in particular, law firms are having to adapt to sudden changes to the Court systems. The Government announced that as of Monday 30th...

Effect of coronavirus on signing wills

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It has now become increasingly difficult for lawyers to ensure that the basic requirements of creating a valid will have been met given the current social distancing guidelines and requirements to stay at home. Under the current government guidelines,...

Extended working hours to enable flexible remote appointments

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In light of the current climate and guidelines surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak across the globe, the Private Client team are working hard to make our services available to more people. We have already been able to achieve this by offering...

NHS Discount

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In light of the current climate and guidelines surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak across the globe, the Private Client team are working hard to make our services available to more people. We have already been able to achieve this by offering...

When do you need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

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Not when you think you do. By the time people think about it, it is often too late. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are often only associated with the elderly, but mental and physical incapacity can happen at any time. Whether through illness or accident,...

Business owners - who will run your business if you can't?

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If you are a business owner; do you know what would happen if you were physically or mentally incapable of running your business? Who would take over and step into your shoes? Many people create Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) for their personal property...

Why should you use a solicitor for probate?

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Choosing lawyers to handle the often complex probate process ensures a high level of service and expertise, plus it guarantees client protection. The probate process always involves numbers and often involves tax. Lawyers are conversant in...

Financial Abuse of the Elderly

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Sadly, it's a stark reality that financial abuse of the elderly is becoming more and more prevalent. Recent data revealed that those aged over 65 are those most at risk from being targeted. When an Attorney starts to act on behalf of the Donor (the...

Attorney Support Newsletter - Winter Edition 2018-19

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The latest edition of our Attorney Support Services newsletter is out now and the focus is on financial matters. The newsletter includes an article on financial abuse and what to look out for when protecting our loved ones. It also includes details of a...

Attorney Support Newsletter - Autumn Edition

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The latest edition of our Attorney Support Services newsletter is out now. The focus is on Health & Welfare. It covers information on when an attorney can act under a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney and what types of decisions they can...

LPA Refund Success!

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Following the Government’s announcement that it is possible to claim a refund on the registration fee for Powers of Attorney registered in England and Wales between 2013 and 2017, we wrote to all our clients to make them aware of the refund and...

BakerLaw presents Power of Attorney Information Session

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BakerLaw were invited by local business, Berkeley Home Health, to present a Power of Attorney information session to their care managers at their Abbey Business Park office in Farnham. Berkeley Home Health are a specialist provider of home care services...

How safe are your Will wishes?

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You may have seen in the press that there has been a dispute which has spanned many years upon a person's right to vary a will. The case involves the daughter of the deceased on benefits where her mother had been adamant that she did not want her...