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Why you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Posted 07 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

If you have not heard of a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’), you are not alone. Research has shown that, of people aged 45 or over who do not already have one, 45% said they had never heard of an LPA, or know nothing about one, and indeed a further 29% said they had heard of it but know little about it. An LPA enables you, when you have mental capacity, to appoint a specified person or people to deal with your property and financial affairs and/or make health and welfare decisions on your behalf. The ability to deal with these two types of matters are dealt with in separate fo...

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Why is it important to make a will and not rely on the statutory inheritance rules?

Posted 07 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

The Law Society’s research has shown that only 64% of people over the age of 55 have made a will. This means that over a third of people in this age group have not. If you die without having made a will, the statutory rules governing who will inherit from your estate, known as the “intestacy rules”, take over. These rules changed in October 2014 and set out a hierarchy of relatives to inherit from your estate. These rules may work for you, but for most people the chance is that they will not, and so making a will is the only way to ensure that your specific wishes for what...

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Five less well known facts about separation and divorce

Posted 07 December 2015 by Dawn Pennell

1. In order to divorce you must have been married for at least one year, your relationship has to have permanently broken down and your marriage must be one that is legally recognised in the UK. 2. A legal separation allows you to live apart without divorcing or ending a civil partnership. A Judicial Separation Petition is filed with the Court. You do not have to demonstrate that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. You may want a legal separation if, for example, you have religious reasons for not getting divorced, have been married for less than a year or want time to work out if...

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Can I make a Financial Claim – Years after my Divorce has Finished?

Posted 07 December 2015 by Wendy Brighton

You may have heard on the news in March, a case decided in the Supreme Court which allowed a wife to bring a financial claim against her ex-husband 27 years after the breakdown of their marriage and 19 years after the actual divorce. I think the first response to this news was ‘What a crazy decision!’ It is true to say that the circumstances of the case were not exactly run of the mill, so does that mean that there could now be many cases brought by ex-wives (or ex-husbands) claiming financial support years after their divorce was made final? The interesting facts of this cas...

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