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Are you getting married in 2018?

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Dress; church; venue; suits; flowers; invitations….. the list seems endless.  All of these things are important and will help make your day the best of your life! However, also on that list should be whether you have put formal affairs in order; such as making a Will. Statistics suggest that two thirds of the UK […]

Are you Entitled to a Fee Refund for Your Lasting Power of Attorney?


A new scheme has been launched to refund those who may have paid more than they should for applying to register Powers of Attorney. The scheme is being administered by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) being the government body that monitor Attorneys and Deputies. If you applied to register a Lasting Power of […]

Ensuring compliance from an employer’s perspective


Although there is currently a duty under the Data Protection Act (DPA) for an employer to comply with data protection principles, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has taken this further and Article 5 (2) requires employers to demonstrate that they comply with the data protection principles. Article 24(1) GDPR requires employers to “implement appropriate […]

EU GDPR Factsheet – Are You Ready for Data Protection Changes in 2018?


The GDPR will replace current data protection laws, including the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) (DPD), and will lead to the repeal of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). GDPR provides increased privacy for individuals and gives increased powers to regulatory authorities to take action against data controllers and data processors who don’t comply with […]

Protecting the Bank of Mum and Dad

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Recent analysis and research from Legal & General report that in 2016, homebuyers received £5 billion of help from friends and family. Therefore it’s not surprising that the Bank of Mum and Dad is one Britain’s best loved financial institutions. The Bank of Mum and Dad was involved in 25% of all mortgage transactions in […]

The Ownership of Assets in the Event of Death


Do You Own Assets with Another Person? Do you know how the ownership of those assets would pass in the event of either death? Most people expect that even where they own title to assets jointly with another person, each person is able to leave their share of that asset to their chosen beneficiaries under […]

The Right To Die


Always a controversial subject, the Court of Protection examined whether to authorise refusal of life-sustaining treatment at a hearing held on 20 December 2016. The case was Briggs v Briggs and involved the treatment of Mr Briggs following his involvement in a motorcycle accident in July 2015. He was left barely conscious and did not […]

The Hidden Cost of DIY Lasting Powers of Attorney


A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document, enabling someone to appoint trusted individuals to make decisions on their behalf in relation to finances or health and welfare. The Attorneys’ authority to make these decisions lasts after someone has lost mental capacity. At that stage, of course, it is too late for that […]

Enduring Powers of Attorney – Need to Know!


Did you enter into an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) prior to 2007? An EPA is a document in which a person signed up to 2007 before the process of appointing an attorney changed to incorporate Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Properly executed EPAs are valid provided they still meet your wishes. EPAs were somewhat […]

Grandparents Rights


It is very common to see grandparents at the school gates picking their grandchildren up from school. Similarly grandparents are often seen in toddler groups with their young grandchildren or out about in the community, feeding the ducks or on the swings in the park. For many working parents, grandparents are a source of free […]

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