Article Category: Personal & Family Law – Insight & Opinion

How Powers of Attorney Can Help During COVID-19

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The re-imposed lockdown restrictions have meant that it is now even more difficult to physically visit loved ones in care homes. We have all heard upsetting stories on the news about people being isolated, and even being “stolen” from care homes because family members are so desperate for unrestricted contact with their loved ones. In… Read more »

Do I Qualify for Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief (BPR) provides relief from inheritance tax on the transfer of relevant business assets. It was established to provide the UK’s SME sector with some protection in the event of the death of the principal business owner. It aims to help businesses and beneficiaries to continue trading when faced with an inheritance tax… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Deputies and Attorneys?

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Associate, Genevieve Powrie, discusses the differences between deputies and attorneys, including their roles, duties, costs and timescales. Duties of a Deputy A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances of – or make health and welfare decisions for – someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves…. Read more »

Succession Planning: Make the Most out of Your Legacy

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Research by Brewin Dolphin revealed that 47% of UK adults have never discussed passing on their legacy, while the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that only 12% of firms make it to a 3rd generation*. Unfortunately, by not taking professional advice on your succession planning, your family may pay out more inheritance tax on… Read more »

Why a Commercial Lasting Power of Attorney is Important for Your Business

Running a business involves planning for the future and setting goals. Unfortunately, illness or incapacity is not something we can predict. A Commercial Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can help to ensure your business continues to run smoothly should you lose capacity or be unable to run your business due to ill health. What is… Read more »

Deciding Who Inherits Your Estate When You Die

The recent case of Wales v Dixon 2020 highlights the importance of giving clear instructions when making a Will to ensure that your wishes are carried out following death and it is clear who inherits your estate. Helen Gowin, Head of Estate Administration at SAS Daniels LLP outlines the case. Mr Wales died in 2015… Read more »

Lockdown Wills: Can I Witness a Will through Video?

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Common sense would suggest that there will probably be a spike in contentious probate disputes following the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the higher numbers of deaths than usual. Research suggests that, in light of the Government’s social distancing rules, many people may have written a Will and had it witnessed ‘remotely’. Section 9 of the Wills… Read more »

Ageing Well Without Children: How Can a Professional Attorney Help?

Ageing Well Without Children (AWWOC) was launched to provide advice and guidance to those who are concerned about growing older without children, whilst also helping with the tasks that become increasingly difficult as we age. Whilst having children is certainly no guarantee that they will be able to (or, in some cases, want to) provide… Read more »