While the number of people taking advantage of a simplified online process to make a Lasting Power of Attorney is on the increase, so are the reports of abuse by attorneys. In this article, Hayley Beeching explains how and why it is important to get guidance and have safeguards in place when permitting others to manage your affairs.
The message is slowly starting to get through to the public – making a will is an important life decision that could save your relatives a great deal of heartache once you’ve gone. You can express your wishes, designate who gets what, and that’s the end of it.
The price of properties, even so-called ‘first-time homes’ is completely out of proportion to the average income. To save for a deposit on your first home is now taking house-hunters (especially first-timers) years longer than before. The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is an option if you’re struggling to get the funds together on your own, but if you don’t have the ability to borrow from family members, or are unable to raise the money for that essential deposit on your own, there is another way to get your foot on the first rung of the property ladder.
These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip.
Buying a home can be stressful, especially for first-time buyers, so it's wise to do some research to ensure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Conveyancing is the term that refers to the legal process of transferring one person's property (the seller), to another (the buyer).
September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage.
Earlier this year, Companies House brought its first conviction against an individual for making false filings on the public register.
When somebody dies the process of tying up their affairs sometimes includes applying for ‘Probate’. This process involves valuing their assets and liabilities (such as loans repayable for example) and investigating if inheritance tax will be payable.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables someone to appoint a third party (called an ‘Attorney’) to deal with his or her affairs. It ensures that the people you trust will be able to make important decisions on your behalf if you become mentally or physically incapable of doing so for yourself.
Trans campaigners are hoping for a simpler path to legal recognition of gender change following the government’s announcement that it is reviewing the process. Elsewhere, the High Court has set an important precedent on the right to respect for non-gendered identity, marking a milestone in civil rights litigation on gender identity and LGBTI+ rights.