Blog

Capacity – A Potential Minefield
By Michael Culver partner and head of the Wealth and Estate Planning Team at Bolt Burdon Solicitors in Islington, 13th February 2017
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The UK’s latest obsession- leaving hospital
By Philip Martin-Summers, consultant at Higgs & Sons Solicitors 30th January 2017

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Should Solicitors take instructions or advise?
By Sian Mills, partner at LG Williams & Prichard Solicitors 19th December 2016

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Common Misconceptions about LPA's
By Rebecca Harbron Gray, Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP 5th December 2016

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Rights, Resources and Reasonableness
By Mary Butler, senior partner at Bell & Buxton Solicitors and heads the Contentious Trusts and Probate team 21st November 2016
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Digital Inheritance – Protecting your online assets and memories 
By Lindsey Bohanna, Solicitor and Head of Probate, Wills and Trusts at Coley & Tilley Solicitors 7th November 2016

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Thoughts from a Yorkshire Solicitor
By Andrew Gullet, Solicitor at King Street Solicitors, 24th October 2016 

As Solicitors, we still get a bit of a rum deal when it comes to our public perception. Most of my friends think I’m rich (I wish!). I’m from Yorkshire, and so I like to save money like anyone.
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The Importance of planning ahead to prevent an uncertain future
By Rachel Roche, Solicitor & Managing Director at Roche Legal, 10th October 2016 

Lasting Powers of Attorney are made for a number of reasons, but one of their main purposes is to provide security against an uncertain future. A recent case has highlighted just how important this can be
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The Court of Protection - Who are they and what do they do?
By James Shingleton, Solicitor LLB (Hons) at Brearleys Solicitors, 26th September 2016

The Court of Protection is a division of HM Courts & Tribunal Service that makes decisions on financial and welfare matters on behalf of people who can’t make decisions for themselves.To read click here

Spending money as an Attorney: the dos and don'ts
By Robert Tozzi, Partner at Burley & Geach Solicitors, 12th September 2016

There have been a number of cases where, for whatever reason, Attorneys have not always adhered to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Code of Practice particularly where it comes to the question of gifts or other payments.
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Gifting your residence to family members - The pitfalls.
By Belinda Harvey, Solicitor at HMG Law Solicitors LLP, 30th August 2016

For many people, their main asset is likely to be their home. With rising property prices, some may wish to ensure that they have taken the necessary steps to enable this to pass in its entirety to the next generation. 
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Advice on what steps to take if a friend or relative is missing and/or presumed dead, and the kind of support a specialist SFE lawyer can offer.

By Sarah Young, Litigation Solicitor at Ridley & Hall Solicitors, 15th August 2016

It’s an astounding fact that around 250,000 people go missing in the UK each year. Approximately 2000 people remain missing after 12 months, and for the families affected, a disappearance can be emotionally (and financially) devastating.
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You don't need a lawyer to prepare a Will... or do you?
By Vanessa Kemp, Partner at New Quadrant Partners, 1st August 2016

There is no obligation for a Will to be prepared by a lawyer, however in practice it is advisable to take professional legal advice. There are many pitfalls involved with off the shelf kits.
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Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare – do I need this?
By Carli Colby, Solicitor at Franklins Solicitors, 18th July 2016

The current LPA system allows you to appoint Attorneys to make decisions about your health and welfare if you lose mental capacity; prior to 2007, you could only appoint Attorneys to make financial decisions for you. To read click here


What happens when someone else dies? Probate or Letters of Administration
By Emma Fuller, Solicitor at Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors, 4th July 2016

When somebody passes away, they may or may not have made a Will. To read click here

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Plan for the unexpected
By Krystal Garnett, Solicitor at Thomson Hayton Winkley Solicitors, 20th June 2016

Although no-one likes to think about it, there may come a time when you need someone to make decisions for you, or to act on your behalf. To read click here

Elder abuse, safeguarding and the supervision - is the OPG doing its job?
By Lin Whitehead, Partner and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Department at Clapham & Collinge, 7th June 2016

I did pause before compiling this blog.  I wondered if I was straying into dangerous waters and if suddenly my referrals as an OPG panel Deputy would inexplicably dry up upon publication of this slightly controversial article! To read click here

Five reasons why you are never too young as an adult to make a will
By Tanya Lloyd, Solicitor at IBB Solicitors, 23rd May 2016

Many of my clients associate big birthdays, retirement, or the arrival of grandchildren as the event that prompts them to “get their will sorted”. To read click here

Proposals to reform probate fees
By Naomi Pinder, Solicitor and Head of Department at QualitySolicitors Jackson Canter

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued proposals to reform the system of probate fees and to introduce a new online service designed to make the process easier and smoother for executors. To read click here

Taking care: how the profession can empower vulnerable clients to access legal services
By Nicola Gunn, partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors, 25th April 2016

In July 2015, the Law Society published new guidance for solicitors to help them to meet the needs of vulnerable clients. (Practice note: “Meeting the needs of vulnerable clients”, dated 2 July 2015).  To read click here

Small legal firms can thrive
By David Sinclair, partner at Acorn Solicitors and Director for SFE, 10th February 2016

Recently I came across some research by the Law Society that suggested globalisation and the rise of technology will write off the local solicitor. To read click here