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Elderly Abuse – The extent of the problem.

The extent of financial abuse within families is more of a problem than may necessarily be known.

Surety bonds: what do you need to know?

A bond is an insurance policy put in place to protect the person whom the deputyship is for.

Court of Protection and assurance visits

Once you have been appointed as deputy by the Court of Protection, as part of the Court overseeing the deputyship they may ask one of the Court of Protection visitors to meet with you for an assurance visit.

Lasting Powers of Attorney – are you thinking of including specific instructions or guidance?

Specifically the Court looked at whether the provisions were valid or not. If the OPG is unsure about a certain provision included in a Lasting Power of Attorney they can make an application to Court to ask a Judge to make a ruling.

Gifts by Attorneys or Deputies: when do you need permission?

For most people who are appointed either as an attorney or deputy, a difficulty can arise over a question of gifts and the authority to make them. Gifts are part of everyday life and there are many reasons why someone would make a gift. If someone does lack capacity and has a deputy or attorney in place there are strict rules about what gifts can be made.

Cross-border capacity issues

As a background to this cross-border capacity case, P lived in Portugal with his sister. The Court had ordered that P was to return to the UK, where he was from, however his sister disagreed with this Order. This was an appeal for which the Court had to consider whether the original Order made was a good way of getting him back to the UK. They also had to look at whether returning to the UK was still in P’s best interests.

Reasons to review your Will

A Will should be reviewed every three to five years. It must reflect your current circumstances and take into account any changes in your life and the current law. We list eight common reasons to review your Will.

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Professional Negligence Guide

A guide to personal injury professional negligence claims

If you have been let down or been given bad advice from a solicitor or claims management company in a personal injury case and have lost out financially as a result, you may be entitled to make a personal injury professional negligence claim. This short guide outlines the steps you need to take.

Neighbour Disputes

Buying and Selling a Property FAQ

Buying or selling a house is a major event in anyone’s life. It is the most substantial financial transaction most people will undertake and could also be one of the most stressful. Our helpful guide answers some of the most common frequently asked questions that arise during the process.

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