Category Archive: Lasting powers of attorney

Why you should make a Will and LPA if you are buying a property

Buying a property?  It’s time to make a Will and an LPA. If you are buying a property, you should make or review your Will and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for the following reasons: Property is one of the biggest assets you will own so it’s important to consider who you want to inherit…

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Why you need to make a Will and LPA if you are getting divorced or separated

Going through a divorce or separation?  It’s time to make a Will and an LPA. If you are getting divorced or separating from your spouse or partner, you should make or review your Will and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for the following reasons: Your previous Will remains valid even after your divorce. However, any…

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Court of Protection – Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat yesterday on Twitter answering questions about Court of Protection. Our Chartered Legal Executive, Janine Guthrie, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below. What is the Court of Protection and who does it help? The Court of Protection exists to safeguard vulnerable…

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and Assisted Suicide – High Court Ruling

Those who take the wise step of signing lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are entitled to give instructions concerning their future medical treatment. But, as a guideline High Court ruling made plain, that right does not extend to requiring attorneys to break the law by engaging in assisted suicide or euthanasia. The Office of the…

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Enduring Powers of Attorney – Why it is so important for an Attorney to keep records and document all decisions.

An application was made to the Court of Protection for retrospective approval of gifts and payments for voluntary care by the attorney under an enduring Power of Attorney. The incapacitated person at the time of the application was 95 years old and suffering from advanced dementia and was living in a residential home. The applicant…

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Court of Protection workload is on the rise!

The latest statistics show that the Court of Protection’s workload is growing at a rapid pace.  There were 38,945 orders made under the Mental Capacity Act in 2017 which was an increase of nearly 50% in 2016. Over a third (40%) of the orders made related to the appointment of a deputy for property and affairs. The…

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Are you due a partial refund?

You may have seen in the news that if you registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017, you can apply for a refund of part of your application fee. This is the amount that you would have paid to register your LPA. The refund scheme applies to…

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Lawyer Janine Guthrie returns to her Gloucester roots

Lawyer Janine Guthrie has returned to her Gloucestershire roots after working with a top Legal 100 law firm in London. Janine says she is delighted to have joined Gloucester law firm Tayntons as a Chartered Legal Executive and is now living in Hucclecote where she grew up. After attending Ribston Hall High School for Girls,…

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