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How Much Do I Love Thee…?

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So, Valentine’s Day is approaching and the shops are full of heart-covered cards, fluffy teddy bears, chocolates and red roses. It seems that every year people compete to spend as much as they can on proving to others how deeply they feel for them in expensive yet transient ways. But a more permanent way that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Even guitar legends can get dementia

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Australian rockers AC/DC have found a place in many people’s hearts (not least my own) over the decades and are due to release their latest album in December, followed by a world tour in 2015. Not bad for a bunch of guys whose youngest current member, Angus Young (the perennial schoolboy) is 59, and whose… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Important Changes to the Rules of Intestacy

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The rules governing the distribution of someone’s estate where there is no Will have been unchanged for almost 90 years. Family structures, have however, changed significantly and in the last few years it bas become increasingly obvious that the structure needed an overhaul. The Intestacy and Trustees’ Powers Act 2013 aims to simplify this distribution…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Happy Birthday, Harry!

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I would imagine not many of my loyal readers received a lump sum of £10 million or more on their thirtieth birthday, as Prince Harry will do when he hits the big 3-0 on 15 September 2014. But then, your mother wasn’t Diana, Princess of Wales, who died on 31 August 1997 aged only 36… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

“The Archers” – an everyday story of Will-writing folk

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Anyone who is a fan of BBC Radio 4’s “The Archers” will know that recently, Jack Woolley died following a few years living away from his second wife, Peggy, in a residential care home, “The Laurels”, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  This was not a huge surprise to listeners as sadly, Arnold Peters, the actor who… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Powers of Attorney and Fraud

In October 2007 Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) were brought in to replace Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs).  EPAs were relatively simple documents which allowed an individual to appoint one or more others to act as Attorney.  As soon as it was signed by all parties it became legal and could be used immediately to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Managing someone else’s bank account

“Guidance for people wanting to manage a bank account for someone else” I prepare a lot of Lasting Powers of Attorney for clients, and also advise on the use of Enduring Powers of Attorney for those who created such documents before the changeover in 2007.  One of the most common aspects of this is receiving… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Advance decision to refuse life-sustaining treatment (“living will”) made by eye movements is upheld

The case of Re: XB (Court of Protection) has come before Theis J, sitting as a Court of Protection judge, as an application from an NHS Trust who challenged the validity of an advance decision to refuse life-sustaining treatment (sometimes referred to as a living will) made by a patient using eye movements. The advance… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How much do you know about Wills?

You may have a Will or you may not; you may have written it yourself or it may have been prepared by a lawyer; it may be recent or it could be many years old.  When was the last time you reviewed it?  Have things changed since it was drawn up?  Can you answer the… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

The financial feud between the L’Oreal heirs

The assets of Europe’s wealthiest woman, Liliane Bettancourt, were today placed under the control of two of her grandchildren, whilst her personal affairs are to be supervised by just one of them. A French court ruled the 88-year old L’Oreal heiress, who has reportedly been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, no longer has the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)