The dangers of DIY Wills

If you choose to either draw up your own will or use an “off the shelf” DIY will kit it will undoubtebly cost you less than had you used the services of a solicitor. However, it is quite possible that…

New report warns of looming incapacity crisis

A new report from SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) and independent think tank, Centre for Future Studies, reveals the UK is leaving medical and care preferences to chance. The report looks at the ever-increasing number of people living with dementia…

Why a simple will might not be enough!

Having a will in place is essential. Even by having in place a simple Will it enables you to do such things as choose your executors, the  guardians of any minor children surviving you and importantly to avoid the rules…

Q: My father has been diagnosed with aggressive Alzheimers Disease and my mum is struggling to cope with their finances as she has not dealt with them before. They never made any Powers of Attorney or Lasting Powers of Attorney and my friend says Social Services will have to deal with matters – is this correct?

A: Although it is wise to make a Lasting Power of Attorney when you have full mental capacity so that if capacity is lost (such as in your father’s case it seems) there is someone appointed to look after their…

Q. What is a Deputyship Order?

A. A Deputyship Order is an Order made by the Court of Protection when an individual lacks capacity to deal with their own property and financial affairs or health and welfare decisions. They are usually applied for when no Lasting…

Court of Protection: The complete guide

Whether it is in support of a loved one or family member, the Court of Protection is something that more and more of us find ourselves dealing with as we get older. It may be that a close relative or…

By Slater Heelis