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Making gifts under Power of Attorney: a guide for Attorneys and Deputies

Who are Attorneys and Deputies? An Attorney is an individual who has been chosen to act under a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney to manage the financial affairs of a mentally incapable person. A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage...

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International Brain Tumour Awareness Week 2020

This week 26th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019 is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week. Our team of specialist Serious Injury and Clinical Negligence solicitors welcome an opportunity to raise awareness of the particular challenges of living with a brain tumour and the need for continued and increased research. The awareness...

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Caesarean v Natural birth – pros and cons of each

For many years it has been the case that whenever possible a women should be offered a choice of how to deliver her child – natural vaginal delivery or a caesarean section. However a recent investigation by Victoria Derbyshire from the BBC has shown that in 75% of hospitals women...

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How pre and post nuptial agreements can help farming families

Protecting the family farm from divorce The current law for determining divorce financial settlements depends on the discretion of individual judges to apply certain factors and principles which are set down in statute and case law. This means that it is not possible to be absolutely certain as to the...

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Intestacy and unexpected Inheritance tax bills

Over the years many celebrities have died without making a Will including Jimi Hendrix and Prince. The comedian, Rik Mayall, sadly died in 2016 without a Will leading to his estate reportedly facing a large inheritance tax (IHT) bill. Assets left to a surviving spouse or registered civil partner are...

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Will London lead the way in eliminating death and serious injury on the roads?

“By far the biggest cause of these tragic events is excessive speed” Roads in central London are to be subject to a 20 mph speed limit from early 2020 – and the key factor in that decision appears to be the Mayor’s ambition to eliminate death and serious injury on...

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Marking the first International World Patient Safety Day

Launching on 17 September 2019 The World Health Organisation is launching the first-ever World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019. This is a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and to encourage us all to commit to making healthcare safe. Why is this needed? The WHO estimates...

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Concluding a difficult cerebral palsy claim

Gemma Osgood and Harry Trusted discuss a particularly complex claim In this month’s issue of JPIL (journal of personal injury law) issue 3 2019, Senior Associate Gemma Osgood from Clarke Willmott and Harry Trusted, barrister from Outer Temple Chambers, discuss a particularly complex cerebral palsy claim that they were both...

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Executors: beware of DWP claims against an estate

When DWP recover overpayments after death We have written previously in our Family Wealth blog about the necessity for executors of an estate to protect themselves from personal liability for estate debts. Being an executor of an estate is a demanding task and there are many pitfalls for the unwary...

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Executors: why you should advertise for creditors

Being the executor of a Will can be a difficult task, and not just because of warring beneficiaries; basic tasks, such as identifying all the assets in an estate and paying any outstanding debts, can also occasionally prove troublesome. After all, you need to know that an asset exists or...

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