Mental incapacity crisis in UK

A new report from the SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) and Centre for Future Studies has recently revealed that the UK is leaving medical and care decisions to chance. The report looks at the ever-increasing number of people living with dementia. This, combined with the failure to plan ahead for…


How a Lasting Power of Attorney works to protect your future

We would all hope we will be able to make our own independent decisions in the future. Unfortunately for many of us that will not be the case. A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint people you trust to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to yourself. How does a Lasting…


Dealing with a loved one's estate - where do I start?

Dealing with matters when a loved one has died can be an extremely difficult and overwhelming. In terms of their estate, there can be quite a lot to organise and consider. As a result, this can seem like a very daunting experience. Many clients in such situations approach us asking what probate is…


Discretionary Trusts

Setting up a trust is a safe way of protecting your money for the future. However, there are many different types of trusts available. Which one should you choose? What are the differences between them all? Our Wills and probate  team explain what a Discretionary Trust is and the benefits of…


Challenging a will part 2: Proprietary estoppel

Following on from my recent article concerning ways of challenging a will, this article will focus on making a claim in proprietary estoppel. This is a different way for a disgruntled beneficiary to challenge a will or estate. Many proprietary estoppel cases relate to family disputes over farms,…


Challenging a will - contentious probate claims

One of the benefits of making a will is that there is certainty surrounding your wishes on your death. Unfortunately, however, wills (or the lack of a will) can sometimes result in a dispute between the deceased’s loved ones. We look at the most common situations, and the different grounds…


Are you thinking about leaving a gift to charity in your will?

When making your will, you may want to consider leaving a gift to charity. There are various ways you may leave a gift. The simplest form of doing this is by leaving a pecuniary legacy, which is a sum of money. You may leave a specific item or items to charity, or you a percentage of the residue of…


What is probate? And other frequently asked questions

We understand that dealing with a loved one’s estate can be daunting. We take a look at some of our clients’ frequently asked questions about probate. What is probate? When a person dies leaving assets and property, these need to be dealt with and distributed according to the will.…


What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Your frequently asked questions... Whilst we would all hope that we will be able to make our own independent decisions in the future, some of us will not have that luxury. Preparing yourself for such a possibility can help ease your mind, and help avoid family conflict down the line. If you have a…


Care home fee review: Underfunded and overcharging

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has this week published a report into care home fees after a year-long study. Unfortunately, the CMA found that care homes have been charging large, upfront fees, and charging families for weeks after their relatives had died. It has therefore opened a…