A Possible Future for Online-only Lasting Powers of Attorney…

Posted 28 September 2017 by Richard Tinkler

It was recently reported in The Telegraph that “The Financial Conduct Authority [FCA] has said the requirement for a paper and pen signature when applying for Power of Attorney should be scrapped, making it easier to apply”. Of course, at the moment, a power of attorney (whether a general power of attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)) can be prepared electronically but it needs to be signed (and witnessed!) on paper.  In the future, powers of attorney may be able to be dealt with entirely online.  Naturally, this raises all kinds of potentially big probl...

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A Possible Future for Electronic / Digital Wills…

Posted 19 July 2017 by Richard Tinkler

The Law Commission has recently announced that they are holding a consultation with regards to the law surrounding the making of Wills.  One thing that the Law Commission is looking into is the possibility of reforming the law so that Wills can be prepared and held electronically.  Of course, at the moment, a Will can be prepared electronically but it needs to be signed (and witnessed!) on paper and comply with the rules for the making of a valid Will.  In the future, digital Wills, or electronic or e-Wills, may be able to be prepared.  Naturally, this raises all kinds o...

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Why Registration Makes Sense

Posted 03 July 2017 by Nicola Lucking

Although rural Norfolk became an area of compulsory first registration in 1989 (and Norwich earlier than that) there are still private properties in Norfolk which remain unregistered. This is simply because the obligation to register is triggered by a dealing with the property – such as a sale or mortgage or change of ownership on inheritance – and until a “trigger event” occurs, there is no compulsion on the owner to register their ownership. However it is possible to apply for registration on a voluntary basis – in the absence of a “trigger event”...

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​Divorce Statistics made available by ONS

Posted 22 June 2017 by Richard Tinkler

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has made available today (21st June 2017) divorce statistics for England Wales for 2015. The statistics can be found on the ONS website at: If you are considering divorcing or ending a civil partnership or separating from your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner, consider meeting with a family law expert at Capron Helliwell Solicitors for a free, no-obligation, initial meeting. Capron Helliwell hold regular free famil...

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