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Becoming a deputy for someone who has lost mental capacity

Becoming a deputy for someone who has lost mental capacity

Sometimes, although you have tried to plan as carefully as you can for the future, something happens that throws everything up in the air – an accident, a sudden illness, an operation that goes wrong – and instantly, life looks very different. When someone you love...

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...

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