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When should I make a Lasting Powers of Attorney?
When should I make a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

It is a common misconception that Lasting Powers of Attorney are just for the elderly. Mental and physical incapacity can strike at any time, with young people equally at risk of capacity loss as a...

The End of the Help to Buy ISA Scheme
The End of the Help to Buy ISA Scheme

The Help to Buy ISA scheme has been available since 1 December 2015, allowing first time buyers to save and qualify for a 25% government bonus of up to £3,000 (on £12,000 of savings) to...

Lasting Powers of Attorney: 5 Common Myths
Lasting Powers of Attorney: 5 Common Myths

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) lets you appoint another person to make decisions and act on your behalf if you lose mental capacity. Despite the importance of such document, millions of people...

Wills: What happens to any specific gifts you may want to leave? #Wills #Gifts
Wills: What happens to any specific gifts you may want to leave? #Wills #Gifts

I often have very interesting, and perhaps slightly random, conversations with my clients. I truly have no idea how this particular conversation started but my client told me (and gave me permission...

Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.
Mental Capacity: Time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets.

Having just spent a week on a narrow boat in the rain with the long-suffering Martin, our four adult children, a couple of partners and the dog I thought this month I would consider what constitutes...

Recent changes to Help to Buy Scheme set to help homeowners
Recent changes to Help to Buy Scheme set to help homeowners

The number of purchasers taking out a mortgage of more than 25 years has increased significantly in recent times. Therefore going forward, people using Help to Buy to purchase their property will...

The multiple hats that can be worn when named in a Will
The multiple hats that can be worn when named in a Will

Sometimes for a named person in a Will, it can be a case of “wearing multiple hats” and potentially four all at the same time by the same person! There’s the beneficiary hat...

Time limits in Inheritance Act claims
Time limits in Inheritance Act claims

Section 4 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 imposes a strict time of six months from the date of the Grant of Probate. If you want to issue a claim after six months...

The importance of an Inventory
The importance of an Inventory

As of June 2019, tenancy deposits have been capped at no more than 5 week’s rent (where the annual rent is up to £50,000) under The Tenant Fees Act 2019. This is one of the measures...

Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession
Landmark case: enclosure not an absolute requirement for adverse possession

Adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the identified legal owner of land can acquire legal title by possessing land for a specific period of time. The following need to be...