22 March 2017

Deputyship – providing day to day support in the management of finances, property and affairs

As a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection, it is our job to manage  the day to day running of the  finances, property and affairs of someone who lacks capacity to do so themselves.  It is the Deputy’s responsibility to act in the best interests of our client at all times and safeguard his/her assets. 

Sophie Cook

15 November 2016

Next of Kin: No such thing

“Next of kin” is an emotive term; regularly used in the newspapers and a status worn by some as a badge of honour.  But what does it actually mean? Nothing; it’s not a legal term. 

Diva Shah

10 October 2016

Lasting Powers of Attorney – A little guidance on Joint and Reserve Attorneys

You don’t need a solicitor to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA); forms and guidance can be found here. Indeed, the Government encourages a cost effective do it yourself approach to “routine” legal documents. This blog will discuss some tips for creating a successful LPA yourself in relation to selecting attorneys and reserve attorneys.

2 August 2016

Where there’s a surrogacy arrangement, there’s a Will

It has long been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  It can now also be said that it takes a multi-disciplinary legal team to raise a child through a surrogacy arrangement.

Connie Atkinson

27 June 2016

LPAs – A Measure of Trust

We  previously discussed the merits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) in place sooner rather than later to safeguard against future loss of capacity, whether that is from dementia or from an accident. There has been an overall increase in LPAs registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”), but only 15% of the over 75s have an LPA in place. It is very important that people have registered LPAs, but in light of recent statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (“HSCIC”) the important message to those of you deciding who should be your attorney(s), is to choose somebody that you trust. 

Sameena Munir

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