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Wills and Probate
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you (the ‘Donor’) to choose one or more individuals (your ‘Attorneys’) to be responsible for the management of your affairs in the event you became physically and/or mentally debilitated (you ‘lost capacity’).   LPAs are often overlooked however, in the unfortunate event you were to lose capacity, it would be extremely inconvenient (and often expensive) for...
Q. My wife didn’t make a Lasting Power of Attorney (known as LPA). My doctor advises me that following on from a stroke my wife doesn’t have the required understanding to make one. How do I access her bank accounts and how do I sell our home so that we can downsize to a bungalow?...
Q – My mother needs to go into a care home. She has £30,000 in the bank a couple of small pensions. My father will be staying at home but we are worried that the local authority will take the house. A – This is a very common concern. Firstly, in the majority of situations...
Q. I have an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is it still valid or do I need to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). A. If you made your EPA before the 1 of October 2007 and it was correctly executed it is still valid even though you can’t make them anymore. The EPA...
Q. My partner has recently passed away, we were not married and he did not leave a will. Will his estate pass to me? A. If you die without having made a will, your estate passes under the rules of Intestacy. These rules set out a statutory prescribed order of who benefits under these circumstances....