Living Will vs Lasting Power of Attorney
202001.09

Living Will vs Lasting Power of Attorney

Which takes priority: Living Will or Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare? You can have both a Living Will (now known as an Advance Decision) and a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare (LPA). If you do, the one that you created more recently will take priority when a decision needs to be…

What is Mental Capacity?
201912.23

What is Mental Capacity?

The term having ‘mental capacity’ means being able to make your own decision at the time that the decision needs to be made. A person can lack mental capacity due to several reasons including a mental health issue, dementia, a learning disability or substance abuse. You are said to lack capacity if you are unable…

Lasting Power of Attorney – What is it?
201912.17

Lasting Power of Attorney – What is it?

Most of us are able to make decisions in our daily lives without any problems. We may need to seek advice or information in order to make the more complex decisions, but most of us are able to evaluate the advice or information and come to a decision. However, for some people their capacity to…

What is a Living Will?
201912.11

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will is now known as an Advance Decision. It lets your carers, family and health professionals know your wishes about refusing a specific type of treatment if you’re unable to make or communicate those decisions yourself. For example, you can refuse a treatment that could potentially keep you alive, known as life-sustaining treatment,…

U-turn on Probate Fee Hike
201912.09

U-turn on Probate Fee Hike

Our clients will be relieved to read that the Government has made a u-turn on its proposed probate fee hike. Under the Government’s proposals, the changes – proposed last November – would replace the current fixed fee system of £215 (or £155 when using a solicitor to administer the estate), to a sliding scale of…

Why make a will? …
201912.04

Why make a will? …

…Because it is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your loved ones get exactly what you want to leave for them when you are no longer around.  If you die without making a will, you are said to have died ‘intestate’, meaning that your wealth is distributed according to…