What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which gives somebody you trust (your attorney) the power to deal with your property and financial affairs, or make decisions about your health and welfare, for example where you live or your medical care. This is an important safeguard for the future meaning that your appointed…

What is a Deputy?

If the person you wish to help has already lost their capacity then we can help you apply to the Court to be appointed their Deputy. A Deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on behalf the person who lacks capacity. A Deputy has the power to make decisions…

What if I have an existing Enduring Power of Attorney?

If you made an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) prior to the introduction of LPAs then the EPA remains valid and your chosen attorney(s) can help you to manage your property and affairs (but not make decisions about your personal welfare). Should you show signs of losing capacity then your attorney(s) are under a duty…

I know that the deceased person wanted me to receive something from their Estate. The Will apparently does not provide for this. Is there anything I can do to challenge the Will?

There are various ways to challenge the validity of a Will. It may not have been properly executed (there are strict rules about that) or the deceased may have suffered undue influence, duress or lack of mental capacity prior to making a Will. You can also challenge the Will if you were financially dependent upon…

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“I know my rights!” …but do you really ?

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 After years of confusion for Consumers and Businesses alike about their specific rights in respect of faulty goods and services, the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 has come into force trying to clear up all the confusion. The Act provides enhanced rights for Consumers and better clarity for businesses as to…

What is cohabitation?

This is not a clear, legal definition, but if you live with someone and are not legally married to them or in a civil partnership with them, you are cohabiting.

I am Cohabiting, how can I protect my rights?

It is advisable to have a written agreement with your partner as to how things will be divided between you if you separate. If you own a property together, you may be advised to draw up a Deed of Trust which sets out your interests in that property and what you will do in the…