When should you register your LPA?

Legal clinic round up – April 2018 Every month we hold free legal clinics in Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth.  We are often asked about Lasting Powers of Attorney, a legal document that allows you to appoint someone else to help you to manage your affairs.  Before your attorney can use the lasting power of attorney it must be registered with … Read More

Hannah’s Will Week 2018

Hannahs is a local charity providing services to children and adults with long term care needs. In March 2018 we took part in Hannah’s Make a Will Week. We gave our Will writing services free of charge and in return the clients donated money to Hannah’s. In total this raised £675.

Deprivation of Liberty and Dementia

On the 13 March 2017, the major news outlets ran the following reports: The Daily Telegraph – “50,000 families caring for relatives at home risk breaking the law by locking them in”; The Times – “Dementia sufferers held in care homes and hospitals illegally”; BBC News –“People with Dementia ‘failed’ by deprivation of liberty law”; The Guardian – “Thousands of … Read More

Divorce and the Importance of Making a Will

Going through a separation or divorce will be a very stressful time. You must make big decisions about the division of property and money. If you have children decisions have to be made about their future living arrangements.  At this very difficult time thoughts about what happens to your assets when you die can be overlooked. Following your divorce, your … Read More

Advanced Decision/Living Will

What is an advance decision? An advance decision (sometimes known as an advance decision to refuse treatment, an ADRT or a living will) is a decision you can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future. An advanced decision lets your family, carers and health professionals know whether you want to refuse specific treatments … Read More

‘Face to face with online’

On the 13thJuly we set out the BBC report  “The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said” The question of Will making over the internet continues to roll on……  On the 7th August Ian Bond who is the chair of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee wrote … Read More

“Will law should be brought into modern world”

On the 13 July 2017, The BBC reported: “The law around wills should be updated and brought into the “modern world”, the Law Commission for England and Wales has said” The current rules were “unclear” and could be putting people off from making a will, it added. It is considering whether texts, emails and other electronic communications should be recognised as a … Read More

“Why Inheritance Tax changes are not good news for everyone”

On the 15 June 2017, The Times reported: “the new system will allow many families to pass on their home without paying a huge bill — but the system is complex and some will miss out” Changes to the inheritance tax system should bring down the bill for millions of families whose parents’ or grandparents’ estates have soared in value … Read More

Reduction in Court fees for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney Court fees have just been reduced by 25% to encourage people to write one. Do you have Lasting Powers of Attorney in place? The Alzheimer’s Society predict that by 2021, one million people in the UK will be living with dementia.  Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. … Read More