Category: Powers of Attorney

 

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

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.

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New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

By 2025 more than 13 million people at risk of mental incapacity will be leaving medical and care preferences to chance, reveals a new report from SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) and independent think tank, Centre for Future Studies, exposing a looming healthcare crisis across the UK.

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Tracking your digital worth for the next generation

The value of our online lives is worth billions of pounds but many of these assets may never be passed on, as people are failing to record their digital worth.

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Are you entitled to a refund for registering your Power of Attorney?

Last week the government introduced a new scheme which will enable nearly 2 million people to claim for a refund on their registration fee for their Power of Attorney arrangements.

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Why you should take legal advice when setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney

There can be no denying that a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can be an extremely useful document. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint people that you trust to make important decisions on your behalf if you become mentally or physically incapable of doing so for yourself. 

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Who will run your business if you cannot?

If you fell ill tomorrow, how would your business carry on – and how could you be sure your interests would be represented?

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Rise in dementia cases highlights the need for LPAs

Rise in dementia cases highlights the need for LPAs

Latest figures reveal that dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales.

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My partner’s in a coma. What should I do?

My partner’s in a coma. What should I do?

This can create some legal complications if they are unconscious and unable to communicate their wishes for any length of time.

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British Banking Association guidelines highlight the need for lasting powers of attorney even if bank accounts are jointly held

British Banking Association guidelines highlight the need for lasting powers of attorney even if bank accounts are jointly held

As a result of the British Banking Association (BBA) Guidelines updated earlier this year, it appears that the banks are becoming stricter in the situation where one joint account holder loses capacity. 

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A brief introduction to Living Wills ('Advance Decisions')

A brief introduction to Living Wills ('Advance Decisions')

What would you like to happen if, for example, you were terminally ill and in a coma at the end of your life? Would you rather doctors withheld treatment?

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