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The Family Home – keep it in the family

Although the markets have wobbled over the past few years, the rising value of property continues to outstrip the Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band.  When you die, unless you make plans beforehand, there may be some tax to pay. Along side the position on death, is the current issue over...

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National Dementia Strategy – falling short

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) has not held back in its criticism of the Department of Health in its latest report. ”Despite stating at least 10 times at our earlier hearing that Dementia would be a national priority – it still isn’t”. The report makes clear...

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Court of Protection Contact Details

Court of Protection Enquiry Service On 8 March, the Court of Protection launched a dedicated customer enquiry service. For any queries relating to applications to the Court of Protection or to request Court of Protection forms please call 0300 456 4600 or email courtofprotectionenquiries@hmcourts-service.gsi.gov.uk You can still reach the Office...

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The Role of the Deputy

In July 2009 the Court of Protection and Court Funds Office investment rate was dropped to 0.5%. For those who acted as a Receiver in 1991 when the rate was 12 %, falling to 6% in 2002,  the times they are a changing. Unfortunately, where there are needs to be...

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With a Little Preparation You Can Avoid the Court of Protection

The Office of the Public Guardian and the Court of Protection are hardly out of the news these days. It is not hard to understand that those looking after the most vulnerable in our society need and deserve considerable support to carry out what is often an onerous role. It...

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Care Funding – Keep it Simple

It is hard to know where the debate on care provision will end up. Everyone knows something needs to be done but there seems to be little political consensus on how it will be achieved. All we can hope for is that the current system will be improved. If you...

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About our Court of Protection team

Anthony Fairweather is the Managing Partner of private client services at Clarke Willmott LLP where he heads up the private client team in their Bristol office. The Legal 500 2010 states “he knows his subject inside out”. Anthony is the only Court of  Protection panel deputy in Bristol and looks after clients...

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