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Understanding Power of Attorney

By |2019-01-08T13:26:20+00:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Wills & Probate|

You have more than likely heard the term ‘power of attorney’ bouncing around. Especially if you or your relatives are ageing or have specific needs which may require this. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, people are advising you to go down that route, but you’re not entirely sure what it entails. Don’t worry, our blog seeks [...]

Get it Right First Time

By |2018-03-07T11:21:52+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Wills & Probate|

When a farmer's Will left almost all of his estate to a family discretionary trust, the estate administration proceeded without problems. The beneficiaries of the trust were his widow and daughter and, at the time of his death in 2005, his estate was valued at £3.2 million. The main asset in the Estate was farmland, which [...]

Daughters Who May Never Inherit Fail to Dislodge Will

By |2015-08-10T11:50:05+01:00August 10th, 2015|Categories: Wills & Probate|

Although she had separated from her husband more than 20 years previously, a woman who died of a brain tumour in 2010 had not yet completed the settlement of the financial side of her divorce when she died. Since the separation, she had taken up with a man 26 years her junior and, in a will [...]

8 Things to Consider When Writing a Will

By |2015-05-18T14:16:12+01:00May 18th, 2015|Categories: Ward & Rider, Wills & Probate|

Writing a Will is arguably one of the most important things you will do in your life but certainly the most important document. With a will you are helping to ensure not only that your estate is looked after when you are gone, but also that your loved ones are protected and that your wishes are [...]

Separated But Not Divorced? Your Estate May Pass to Your Ex

By |2014-12-15T09:49:18+00:00December 15th, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

Readers who live apart from their spouses or civil partners, but who have not formally dissolved their relationships, are warned that following changes to inheritance law brought into effect in October 2014 by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014, your 'ex' may have the right to inherit the whole of your estate if you die [...]

Ombudsman Hits Out at Lack of Regulation Over Wills

By |2014-11-17T09:02:47+00:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

The Legal Ombudsman has published a report calling for the introduction of tougher controls on those who charge for writing wills. Last year, the Ombudsman received more than 1,000 complaints relating to the drafting of wills and the provision of probate services, and these complaints relate only to regulated providers who are professionally qualified. There are [...]

Dementia Sufferer’s Estate Eaten Up By Care Costs

By |2014-10-20T08:14:02+01:00October 20th, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

In a cautionary tale for those who care for elderly relatives, the heirs of a dementia sufferer are in danger of losing their inheritance after failing to convince a Land Registry Adjudicator that the value of the man's home should be protected against being eroded by care home charges built up during the final four years [...]

Wayward Son Stripped of Power of Attorney

By |2014-07-07T08:37:44+01:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing with a wayward son who was appointed as attorney over his elderly mother's financial affairs. Unfortunately, he used her life savings to 'subsidise his lifestyle', whilst refusing to pay her care [...]

Abuse of Power of Attorney Leads to Cancellation

By |2014-06-17T07:33:56+01:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

Cases involving the misuse of powers of attorney are turning up frequently in the courts and illustrate the wisdom of making sure that any person you appoint to act as an attorney to manage your affairs should you no longer be able to do so yourself is trustworthy and that there are appropriate safeguards over and/or [...]

Theatre Director Strikes Legal Blow for the Elderly

By |2014-03-31T07:58:37+01:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: News, Wills & Probate|

A globe trotting theatre director who fought a marathon legal campaign to save the value of her beloved childhood home from being eaten away by her mother's care home costs has triumphed in a High Court test case which will come as a relief for elderly people and aging family members who look after them. Glen [...]