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LPA: An absolute right?

LPA: An absolute right?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are invaluable tools to assist and support people in need, if they are used correctly. Unfortunately, not every attorney who agrees to act for a relative or friend fully understands the limitations on what they can do. We see a lot of...

How to avoid challenges to your Will

How to avoid challenges to your Will

Although there is no way to prevent someone from challenging your Will after you die, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of a successful challenge. Obtaining legal advice Having a solicitor prepare and witness the signing of your Will should ensure...

Scottish Powers of Attorney – how am I protected?

Scottish Powers of Attorney – how am I protected?

The possible abuse of a Power of Attorney by an unscrupulous attorney is a topic which has been hitting the headlines recently and some clients have been asking whether it is safe to grant Power of Attorney. I want to highlight some of the safeguards which exist when...

How to avoid doing your tax return

How to avoid doing your tax return

If like me, you are currently waking up in the middle of the night, sweaty and full of guilt at not having completed your Tax Return (or, in my case, my husband’s), fear not.  You still have a few days left and I have the perfect idea for displacement activity. Very...

Probate – “What if I don’t want to be an executor?”

Probate – “What if I don’t want to be an executor?”

There are several routes you can go down: Power of Attorney - The first one being filling out a form so that someone else can act as executor on your behalf. This is a special power of attorney and our members can help you organise this. Renunciation - If you do not...

Probate – The role of the executor

Probate – The role of the executor

Being an executor of someone’s estate can indeed feel like a privilege - they trust you and thought highly of you. But it can also be terrifying - where do you start and what do you do? Being an executor can be terrifying - where do you start and what do you do? Well...

Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

It is fair to say that the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (the Act) has been a long time in the drafting. It is also fair to say that we are not there yet! The Act received royal assent in March 2016 and in many respects it mirrors the English and Welsh...

What are your duties as a Trustee?

What are your duties as a Trustee?

When you have been appointed as a Trustee, you will have certain duties to carry out and obligations to comply with. If you do not comply, you may be held personally liable for any breaches of those duties.  One of those duties was reviewed in the recent case of...

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