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Managing financial affairs under a lasting power of attorney

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Making a lasting power of attorney for your finances is an important part of lifetime legal planning, especially if you have built up a portfolio of assets and investments which require regular management. While this legal authority needs to be set up well...

What is a business Lasting Power of Attorney

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You may have heard about someone looking after their elderly parent’s finances and affairs using a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), but there are other occasions when it makes sense to have an LPA in place. We insure against catastrophic lifetime...

Options if you suspect abuse of a power of attorney

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With more people in the UK now living into their 80s and 90s, an increasing number of us are choosing to make a lasting power of attorney. This is a legal document under which we appoint someone we trust to make important decisions about our finances, and...

The digitisation of LPAs

Sharon Richardson
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This week, the government launched a 12-week consultation into the modernisation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). An LPA is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances, health, and care for you should you lose...

What is a next of kin and does it afford you legal protection

Sharon Richardson
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Relying on the concept of ‘next of kin’ – when is this enough? Next of kin is a commonly used term in everyday language, yet despite its frequent use ‘next of kin’ only provides legal rights where children are concerned and,...

The legal protections we should all have in place

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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The documentary “Kate Garraway: Finding Derek” aired this week and highlighted the struggles TV presenter Kate has faced since her husband, Derek Draper, was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in March 2020. Kate has openly spoken about the...

Vulnerable people and Capacity issues

Sharon Richardson
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In this article we aim to explain why an individual may be vulnerable to harm or abuse, what to look out for and action you can look to take. Are you aware of someone you know who may be a vulnerable person or have capacity issues? They may be a family...

The importance of Health and Welfare LPAs

Sharon Richardson
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Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has launched its latest campaign to raise awareness of the importance of health and welfare LPA’s with the report ‘ The Incapacity Crisis – a nation unprepared ’. The report urges consumers to have a...

Managing your affairs if you suffer from Dementia

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Last week it was announced that Dame Barbara Windsor is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.  According to Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, she first showed symptoms in 2009 when her close friends and...

Powers of Attorney - could you be due a refund?

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On 1 February 2018 the Office of the Public Guardian launched a scheme allowing almost 2 million people to claim a refund on fees paid to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). During the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 significantly more people...

Top Tips around Lasting Power of Attorney

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Whatever you decide about your future, it's important to involve a specialist solicitor who will give you impartial advice and act in your best interest. We are members of Solicitors for the Elderly and can help you. Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is a...

LPAs turning digital risk

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Local solicitor warns changes to powers of attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk Local solicitor, Crombie Wilkinson from York issues warning following FCA’s call to turn lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) fully digital Proposals would remove...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Marie Curie Free Will-writing Scheme

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Marie Curie has agreed a set fee with participating solicitors to write a simple single or Mirror Will, or update an existing simple Will. The scheme is open to individuals and couples aged 55 and above. For couples only one person needs to be aged 55 or...

10 reasons to use an SFE accredited lawyer

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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited lawyer is an expert in older client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your future.  Sharon...

Have you got an LPA?

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86% of people in the Yorkshire and the Humber are currently living with no control over important later-life decisions around their housing, assets, heath, and care, according to a new report by SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly), the national organisation...