What is an LPA?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the legal document which enables you to nominate one or more trusted people (attorney/s) to make important decisions on your behalf should you become mentally or physically incapable of doing so. There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney, one for Property and Financial Affairs, and one for Health and Welfare. For more information on Lasting Powers of Attorney generally, please click here.
You've bought the crib, you've decorated the nursery, you've chosen baby names. It's an exciting time when you have a baby on the way and there is a huge amount to think about. But have you thought about making a Will? Nearly two thirds of adults don't have a Will in place, but if you've had a baby, it is one of the most important things you can do.
Our final journey is one we all make alone, but it’s up to every individual to make sure those left behind are fully aware of the last wishes of the deceased. That includes how to deal with the body, whether that means cremation or burial.
Controversial court fees, branded a ‘stealth tax’ on bereaved families, are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before costs soar by thousands of pounds.
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.
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.
If you have been asked to be, or considering making someone an ‘executor’, this refers to the role of representing someone after they have passed away.
October 2014 saw the biggest changes in probate law’s history come into effect. While the overhaul meant no real difference to those with minimal assets, for the partners of those who died without making a will and who have more assets, it meant significant change. The change gave a surviving spouse the right to a much bigger share of their deceased spouse’s estate than was previously the case.
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.