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Do I Need To Make a Will

According to a YouGov survey, 2/3 of people in the UK do not have a Will. Bik-ki Irving, Wills, Trust and Probate, Partner at Altrincham-based Myerson Solicitors, explores the dangers this presents – and why legal help is important when drafting one.


Property and Financial Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) – help or harm?

There has been a lot in the media recently about LPAs, in particular financial abuse.  Most astonishingly, former Court of Protection Judge Denzil Lush said that he would never sign an LPA because it could have a “devastating effect” on family relationships but is this simply because all the cases brought before him were the … Continued

Much ado about nothing….

From a private client point of view, this year’s budget was more significant for what it didn’t say than what it did. It was no surprise that there were no changes to Inheritance Tax. In 2015, the Government introduced the “Residence Nil Rate Band”, which is an additional allowance against Inheritance Tax for the family … Continued


Should Lasting Powers of Attorney be digitalised?

It was not long ago when we saw the Law Commission brand the current system of making Wills outdated and that it should be updated to keep up with the digital age.  Whilst the subject of Wills is under consultation until 10th November 2017, the attention has now turned to Powers of Attorney.


Lasting Powers of Attorney – safe or sorry?

The former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, Denzil Lush, has raised hackles today with his comments about Lasting Powers of Attorney. Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”), and their forerunners, Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPAs”), enable people to appoint a person of their choice (usually their spouse or children) to deal with their property … Continued


Government in two minds at the same time on court fees

The Government appears to be suffering from schizophrenia with regard to court fees. Like some other Government agencies, the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”), which is part of the Court of Protection, is only allowed to charge the actual cost of its services. In its recent annual report it was found the fees charged … Continued

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